• Steve and Melissa Burnett

New Beginnings

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Is there anything more exciting than picking up a new creative pursuit? I think not.

Some background. I have a new niece. She is six months old, and she is, of course, the most perfect creature on Earth. Having a new baby in the family makes you want to do something for her, and if you're me, that means figuring out what you can hand make for her.

I've always been attracted to the idea of quilting. I love fabric -- the colors and the textures. I love the idea of "painting" with fabric pieces. I could easily see myself choosing the colors and designing the patterns.

There's always been one problem that's kept me from trying. Sewing machines and I... we don't get along. I've tried. We just don't. It feels like trying to do surgery with bear paws on.

But when I was visiting my dad over Christmas--my dad's new wife is a quilter and wields her sewing machine like an extension of her hands--something occurred to me. Women quilted before sewing machines. I wouldn't strictly have to use a machine. Hand quilting is a thing.

And so I began, with no idea what I was getting into. It turns out a quilt, even a baby quilt, is a big project. And hand quilting is... endless. Or almost so, anyway. It did end, and I did finish. You can see the result above. My niece (and my sister) love it, despite the many imperfections I can see.

It turns out actual quilting is not for me. However, I was right about one thing. I loved choosing the fabrics. I loved designing the pattern. I even enjoyed stitching together the small pieces. I don't enjoy quilting, but I do love... hmm... fabric collage.

So that's my new creative pursuit. I want to design and put together smaller pieces to frame and hang on the wall. I'm designing one now to hang over the china-cabinet-turned-bookcase in our bedroom. Is this a possible new Sun Mesa product? Well, we'll see. We'll see if I enjoy it as much as I think I will, and, of course, if I'm any good at it.

In the meantime, I'm having fun playing with fabric. And in the creative life, having fun is all that matters.

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