I saw a bumper sticker the other day that simply read, “If it’s not fun, why do it?” And while that’s a cute, seemingly irrefutable bit of rhetoric, my first thought was… there are so many reasons. “Fun” is fabulous– but so is challenge, experimentation, even frustration.
Don’t misunderstand me. I loved making this quilt. But figuring out the pattern involved some ups and downs. Some unexpected turns that in the moment I wouldn’t have described as “fun” but which were an intrinsic part of the process. And it was all worth it for a finished product that I’m very pleased with.
It probably goes without saying that making quilts is my favorite thing in the world. Obviously. But “fun” is only part of the appeal– making quilts is this wonderfully fluid, unexpected, and ultimately gratifying process. “Fun” is just the tip of the iceberg.