Today, I’d like to present my block contribution to the Splendid Sampler quilt along! My block 77 is called ‘Prism’. The pattern is available here on the Splendid Sampler website. I used various Moda fabrics to create my block, and ultimately decided on a design that was very geometric and easy to piece.
Part of the assignment of coming up with a block design was to name the block and share a personal story about what the block is all about. I named my block Prism, and it’s in honor of all of the friends that I have met through sewing. I’m an introvert and have trouble connecting with people in real life, but sewing has given me a reason to meet many friends both on-line and in real life, from all over the world. I find that I have no difficulty talking about sewing with people and it’s really helped me blossom and become a better and more empathetic person.
When I was in high school, I thought that I was just ‘shy’ and that a lot of people didn’t talk to me because there was something wrong with me – I was unlikeable or defective in some way. I constantly heard the term, “This is the best time of your life,” and I thought it was such a joke, because I didn’t feel like things were all that great. It took me all the way until I was an adult with children of my own to realize that I’m an introvert, and that’s quite different from just being labelled ‘shy’. My husband has a great little story to describe introverts and extroverts. An extrovert starts off the day as an empty glass. The more they talk to people, the more full their glass gets, because they thrive on socializing. An introvert starts off the day as a full glass, and the more they talk with people, the less water is in their glass until by the end of the day, it’s empty and they are worn out from socializing. It made a lot of sense to me.
So if we meet in person and we’re not talking about sewing, I will probably have little to say, if anything at all. Maybe you’ll think I’m being rude, but I don’t mean any harm. However, if we meet in person and we *are* talking about sewing, I will likely have a lot to share. If we’re talking in a big group, I’ll only pipe up when I have something important to contribute to the conversation; otherwise, I’ll be taking in what everyone is saying and storing it in the back of my mind to draw from later on.
I’m very thankful because I have found that in the sewing community, no one has ever made me feel bad for being an introvert and not being overtly social. My biggest pet peeve is when someone, especially a stranger, says, “Why are you so quiet,” or, “Why don’t you say something?”. In the sewing community, I don’t feel like a defect, but rather someone who has ideas that hold merit and who people look forwarding to seeing and talking with. And that’s a great thing.