Okay I had good intentions to do the 7 questions in 7 days but, well, as always, life happened. And I love my life, even if I do go at a million miles an hour! Which brings me to the 7th question:
"What do you do for a living?"
Like most people I get asked this question all the time! But I find it SO HARD to answer. Whether it's at a corporate event for hubby or with a new bunch of school Mum's I don't ever really know how to answer it. Oh I have an answer, it usually goes something like, "I design quilts and other things with fabric and write patterns for them and books and things." And most people say, "Oh, that's nice." And I know what they're thinking.
But what I want to say is that "I have the MOST INCREDIBLE JOB YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE! I get to do what I utterly love every single day of my life, for a living! I get to play with fabric and draw designs and go and meet women from all over the country and even all over the world who love EXACTLY THE SAME THINGS!I have boxes of letters from women who have made something that I've designed that they've enjoyed so much, or helped them through a troubled time, or helped them celebrate something important, and those letters often make me cry."
Maybe I don't actually want to say this to people who don't understand. I don't want to give them my heart and who I really am. It's too sacred, and knowing that they wouldn't understand, I just can't reveal it to them.
I remember when (my now good friend) Ramona came to a class that I was teaching. While chatting in the class she explained that she'd had dinner guests (people she had known for a long time)and when the husband saw another quilt she was working on, said, " Why would you want more than one quilt?". She just couldn't answer the question. Ramona realised that if someone asked that question you couldn't possibly explain the answer to them. There would be no understanding.
It's the same dilema - they just wouldn't understand. It's not really about the quilt. It's about the sisterhood. It's how we all understand each other, regardless of race, religion, political views, distance and language. It's the creative spirit that binds us together. It's the feeling of expressing yourself through craft and creation. It's that hidden fat quarter in the supermarket shopping bag (because it was the grocery money that we 'borrowed' for that 'perfect' fat quarter). It's tucking in your loved one under something you spent so long creating and put so much love into. It's working together on a healing quilt that says so much more than any words could. It's that perfect range of fabric that you will need at least a fat quarter of each one of. It's you. It's me. It's us.
So this is what I REALLY do for a living...
Leanne Beasley xxx