Why I do this…

I know I have been posting a lot about my anxiety as of late; all of the macro stuff has been weighing heavily upon me this past month. I’m not sure if anyone really wants to hear about it, but it feels important for me to talk about it, for this space to remain something more than a marketing device. I think of this blog as a piece of the community, not just as a means to push product. Hell, that is one of the macro issues that I worry about a lot…

Anyway, those macro issues have come from all of this becoming a business, but they are not why I do what I do. This is, this quilt that I am starting today:


This will be the second twin quilt I do for Bee, for when she moves up to her big-girl bed. I like the design, but really it is all about the reason. You see, about a week ago Bee and I were holding hands while walking to the coffee shop down the street. Abruptly, she stopped and pointed at the shadow we cast upon the sidewalk and proclaimed rather excitedly, “We are an H, Papa!!!”

Not only do I love that she has started using shadows to form letters (she also likes making Ms with Mama, Papa, and her), but I simply adore the way she phrased it. We didn’t make an H, we are an H. Hence, this quilt. It is us. And I love her more than words could ever begin to express.

And that is why I do this…


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19 Responses to Why I do this…

  1. 1
    Javene Ballard says:

    How special is that! I love the quilt too. What a great idea for the pattern design. I love what children come up with. I am a grandma now, and it is even more special. I am making quilts this year for all my grandkids for Christmas this year. Big project. Continue with what you do it is amazing.

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    Cille says:

    Awww… That is just too sweet. I bet you she is going to feel SO good every time she wraps the quilt around her.

    If only art was like science everything feel more predictable and safe. But you are on a journey and everybody here is facinated by the roads youre taking.

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    Jamie Lee says:

    That is the sweetest! I’m sure she’ll cherish this quilt her whole life.

  4. 4

    What a great quilt!
    I’m in the process of making my first baby quilt – and there is something different making it from ‘normal’ size quilts. It’s a sort of greater joy and excitement, its easier to ‘take in’ and the quilt feels almost vulnerable. It’s very weird but there you go 🙂

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    Mary Ann says:

    Love this quilt but even more I love the story…..oh how we love our children and grandchildren! I wish every child knew that love in their life too.

  6. 6
    Vicky says:

    That is soooo sweet- not only for her to say it but for you to share it!!!

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    Maggie Magee says:

    Love everything about this story, Thomas–and the quilt!

  8. 8

    love the quilt ; the story makes it even lovlier !! be still my heart !!! keep smiling !

  9. 9
    Kristin M says:

    I think the honesty in your commentary is refreshing. Understand that you have a large support group here and we think your great. I also love the Bee stories and think the H quilt will be a great love blankey for here.

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    Pippa says:

    Love the quilt! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. And sounds like a very lucky girl…

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    Lindsay L says:

    such a sweet story! i liked the quilt before, but i like it even more knowing that story. 🙂

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    Peggy in KY says:

    Bee is so fortunate to have a father to listen to what she has to say. To have a father make something to memorialize what she said is what I have always loved about artist. This will be a beautiful quilt made with love.

  13. 13
    Kerryn says:

    Oh, how gorgeous, she is a very lucky girl. Also so many of us suffer from anxiety and hearing similar thoughts from others makes us feel more human. I enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you create.

  14. 14
    Alison Glass says:

    Hi – My Jack (8) just glanced up and said, “I like that that’s made of H’s.” Just saying….

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    LeAnn says:

    Awww! What a sweet story — and what a special H quilt!

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    Kitty says:

    Lovely quilt! Thank you for the wonderful love-story behind its creation!You’re a great artist and a great guy!

  17. 17
    Amanda says:

    I also struggle with the meaning of my blog. And I’ve been thinking so much lately about how fast my little girl is growing up. Your story touched my heart. Thank you!

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    Kim says:

    This is lovely! Your story is lovely too! I stumbled on this and I am so happy that I did. I am about to embark on my first EVER quilting adventure, and wanted to make a quilt for my daughter. I had chosen a pattern that would suit a beginner, and I have yet to choose the fabric. Then I saw this! Her name is Hailey and the “H quilt” would be awesome for her! I can’t wait until this pattern is available! Maybe it can be my second quilt! 🙂

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    Debra H says:

    I love this story ! I love the H quilt.
    I can’t wait to buy the pattern. (as you can guess, since my last name starts with H, and we are all about Hugs)

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