I frequently see humor in this craft, and am glad that so many other people do too. Today I invite you to take a short tour and chuckle along with some great quilt humor offerings.In 2005, UK quilter Wendy Bland’s husband Roy wrote a great piece about wishing his wife had a hobby. He loved his fishing, and was thrilled when she took up quilting. Roy wrote a piece titled Be Careful What You Wish For, which he prefaces by saying, “I was asked by my wife Wendy to write a humorous poem giving a Quilter’s husband point of view, for the Furness Shoreline Quilters magazine which is her local Quilting Group. Now I’m no poet, let alone writer so I took the easy way out and gave up on the project. The usual EAR ACHE ensued, so I thought NOT a poem, I’ll tell it as it is.” Her absorption with the craft may have driven him a bit crazy at first, but it seems to have balanced out, as together they now run the website Templates for Patchwork and Quilting by Roy and Wendy Bland.
Writer and humorist Rob Hopcott shared a very witty piece in 2008 simply called
Quilt, quilting and quilters jokes and stand up humor. It would appear that the quilters in his life also knit, but his global tour includes quilts knit by robots in Silicon Valley, and Italian quilts made of spaghetti. Reading this one, I was struck that perhaps writing humor is a lot like quilting, a bit of this and a snip of that, perfectly placed for balance and best effect. I know you will chuckle over his observations.
How about a book to help us cope with our obsessive behavior? Well, I found one, called the 12 Step Program for Quitting Quilting, published by Phrenic Advancement. My local library did not have a copy, but their ad is a fun read, and I love their tagline, “Send someone down the road to recovery without the quilt trip.” Take a look at their ad, and note that all the even-numbered steps to quitting quilting seem to be, “make one last quilt!” For the word freaks among my readers, Dictionary.com defines phrenic as relating to the mind or mental activity.
Did you miss me? As many people do, I took a summer break for a few days to enjoy the great weather and activities. Now I am recharged, and ready to rock and roll, as well as cut, stitch, and press!
Anyone living near me knows that I am not the only one taking time off. Here in Minnesota, we have a full government shut down going on since July 1st, as the governing parties cannot agree on a budget plan that keeps things going. So I was not able to enjoy one of Minnesota’s terrific state parks (all closed due to shut down.) And parks are the least of the things that are not happening, with tens of thousands of workers laid off in all state offices. I am ready to go teach all the elected officials how to quilt! After all, quilting is about putting pieces together, and making things work as a whole. As quilters we have great plans and visions, but we expect to compromise and adjust constantly. It isn’t like we know exactly how the finished quilt will look. It isn’t really about the perfect shade of green or blue. Sometimes we scrimp and save, reuse and adjust. We know that not all of our points will be perfect. While a quilter may strive for perfection, it is not usually achieved. But we trust that the finished piece will have value and beauty of its own, as well as provide functionality, like warmth and comfort.
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