Are you a Quilting Fanatic?
Thank Goodness, Iím not One!
By Ami Simms
I love everything quilt-related, but thank goodness Iím not a
fanatic! Fanatics are weird. They have uncontrollable,
obsessive, almost perverse addictions to a particular point of
view, philosophy or way of life. I just like to quilt a little.
Iím perfectly normal.
Joggers are fanatics. They have to run every day to get their
jollies. They even run when theyíre on vacation. I can go two,
maybe three days without picking up a needle. And I only take my
quilting projects on vacation with me when I know that Iíll
have enough free time to make the effort worthwhile. Anything
less than six minutes and I leave the stuff at home.
Compulsive shoppers are fanatics. The have to buy everything
in sight in order to be satisfied. They have to own the hottest
new fashion, or latest thing-a-ma-bob, even if they have
absolutely no use for it. Theyíre not happy unless theyíre
spending money. I only buy fabric when I see it. If I go to a
store and they donít sell fabric, then I just donít buy any.
I am always in complete control. And only buy quilting supplies
that I need, or that I might at some future point in time be
able to manufacture a need for. Just because there is no
quilting gadget currently on the market that I donít already
own does not imply fanaticism. I just means I am an aware
Cleanliness freaks are fanatics. They spend all their time
clutching dust rags or waiting for the ash on someoneís
cigarette to fall off so they can whisk it away. If they canít
pick something up and put it away somewhere, then they wash it.
I donít have time for all that. If you can step over it, walk
around it, or put it off until later, then thatís good enough
for me. Anything else takes too much time away from quilting.
Car buffs are fanatics. Their lives revolve around taking
cars apart only to put them back together again. They spend
every waking hour either tinkering with the insides or polishing
the outsides. Quilting is not my WHOLE life. There are other
things that I enjoy doing, itís just that I canít think of
what they are right now. And, Iíll admit that while I spend a
lot of time making quilts, writing about quilts, teaching people
to make quilts, or just plain thinking about quilts, I spend
time doing other things too. One night last week I cooked
Animal lovers are fanatics. They love anything with fur that
barks or meows, just as long as it makes it to the newspaper on
time. They want to protect every species, regardless of how it
looks, what it eats, or how badly it smells. Thank goodness, in
my love of quilts I am more discriminating. I only like quilts
that are made of cloth.
Gourmet cooks are fanatics. They spare no trouble or expense
to prepare exotic dishes that stave off hunger just as well as
something that would cost half as much. and take a quarter of
the time to make. To think that there is any correlation
whatsoever between quiltmaking and this kind of food preparation
is totally absurd.
Fanatics are those poor souls that hold their view above all
others, wish to associate only with those people who feel as
they do, and want everyone else to discover and partake of their
particular lunacy because they are so enamored of it. Just
because I think that quiltmaking is a great way to spend my
time, that all my friends happen to be quiltmakers, and that I
think everyone ought to whip out a thimble and give it a try,
does not make me a fanatic. Iím a quilt enthusiast! And
thereís a difference!
Copyright 1986 by Ami Simms.