Then I got pregnant with Reuben and after he was born I basically never made another card. I can't tell you why. It just happened and I could not make myself do it again. I resigned myself to the fact I was never going to make cards again and a few years later I gave away all of my gear.
I've been making quilts pretty much since I had Reuben. I began sewing once he started sleeping because I was having trouble with my hips and I couldn't walk much but I didn't want to sit around doing nothing while he was asleep. When he was awake he was 100% a full time job, but that's another story.
Sometimes I have wondered if I would get tired of making quilts, but I can honestly say that I haven't. There is always something to learn and I love love love the process of making them.
Recently I've become aware that the way I make quilts is definitely changing. Instead of sewing them all by machine, I have fallen in love with the process of English Paper Piecing. My life is pretty darn busy these days, single parenting, full time work and commuting have eaten up almost all my spare time. I'm really really loving having a super slow project (or five) just ticking a long that I can pick up and put down. I'm working towards finishing a backlog of machine sewn projects that I have promised people, and then next year I plan on mostly slow sewing. It's exciting learning new skills and finding a new love for something which has served my mental health so well for so long.
Having said all that, there is something satisfying about making a project that just comes together quickly. I've been sick with the Plague (a cold) for over a week now. I've even had two days off work. It's driving me nuts. Being sick is such a downer. Over the weekend I just wanted to sew something and I took this lovely pile of scraps that my sister gave me and made a simple quilt. Then yesterday I stayed home and in the afternoon I basted and quilted it. Usually when I make a quilt I put lots of planning into the making of it, but every now and again I just have to throw something together fast. It felt good you know.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to be making quilts for some time to come yet!!