Moving and making quilts are actually quite similar. First, you must pick the house or pattern and then choose your paint or fabric colors. Next, you must do all the preparation work. For housing, it includes things like painting, putting down shelf paper, and hanging curtains. In quilt making, it's washing and ironing the fabric and then cutting it all up. Both take a lot more time than we ever plan for.
The patterns we choose, unless we create our own, come from the professionals, just as we were blessed to be packed up and moved professionally: a lot less physical and mental stress for me either way. But, just as professional patterns sometimes contain flaws, allowing someone else to pack my things means that I don't know where they are. When it comes to my huge stash of quilting supplies, I have no idea where anything is; I did, however, already manage to spill an entire package of pins on the floor! This is definitely home.
My favorite part of moving is the time when I get to organize everything. Our home, for a short while, looks fantastic with a place for everything and everything in its place. When making quilts, my favorite part is actually stitching the blocks together. The problem with both of these is that they actually take the least amount of time in the process. In quilting, the process is broken up by having to press seams, while in moving it is the task of actually unpacking all the boxes.
Once my quilt is put together, I have the fun task of quilting it. I love my large collection of machine embroidery quilt designs which allows me to add quilt embroidery automatically and with little effort from me. Moving, on the other hand, includes breaking down boxes and getting rid of tons of packing materials. Hmm. Embroidery quilting or paper cuts? I'm sure you know which I prefer.
The final step in making quilts is binding it. I do this both by machine, to attach it, and then by hand to finish it. Many people hate hand work, but I love doing it here. After using machines to do most of the work, especially with the quilt embroidery, this is where I add my final personal touch to my work of love and art. This compares with the final vacuuming (machine work) and setting out of my decorative items (hand work) at the end of a move.
With both moving and quilting, I end up with a comfortable home and a welcoming atmosphere. Safe and warm. Loved and loving.