Changing the lens…

Remember the old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” I’ve been very quiet for several weeks, going through a bit of a rough patch. In view of current events both here and abroad, I am keenly aware of just how fortunate I am and just how incredibly self-indulgent this line of thought is. And yet…

So, fueled by caffeine, chocolate and determination (and the zen of strip-piecing a πŸŽ„ lap quilt top), I’ve decided I have control over how I view life’s events. The quilting-life ones are easy:

  1. Instead of feeling sorry for myself that a post-surgery infection prevented me from joining the Quilting Arts TV taping last week…I will be happy that Susan graciously invited me to do the March taping instead. (Special bonus, I think Lynn Krawczyk is scheduled for that week so I’ll actually get to meet her in person πŸŽ‰).
  2. Instead of beating myself up that I didn’t ribbon in the IQF World of Beauty show, I will just be happy that my piece is IN the show (a fact that would have stunned me a few years ago).
  3. Instead of feeling sad that I won’t make it to Houston this year, I will be happy that Quilters Take Manhattan is just around the corner and I will soon see dozens of beloved quilt-world friends!

And…I will be happy to get back into my studio next week to create more art, and posting more fun ideas as we approach the holiday season.

How about you? Do you ever need to restart your frame of mind?

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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