ICAP Facebook Challenge, Why Do I Create?

icaplogoToday I  was given a Facebook Challenge from Morna McEver of International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. There’s going to be seven of them…this is Challenge # 1.


When God gave out skills I was standing in the sewing line. As time went on He eventually helped me find people that were standing in the other lines, which is good because it got me to move ahead in life. I must have been talking and not paying any attention because I didn’t even notice that there was a music line. And, I’m sure I probably thought that the numbers line looked kinda scary. My mom showed me how to embroider at the age of 8 and my dad bought a sewing machine for us girls…me, my mom, and my sister…and I was the only one who used it. I was 13 and I never looked back.

Answer #1
Sewing is the gift that God gave me.

So, one day Aiden, my 8 year old grandson, asked me, “Grandma, why do you sew so much?” I thought…Oh wow, his mom asked me that same question 20 years earlier.  I said, “Well, sweetie, that was the gift that God gave me.” And, as all little boys who can’t get enough superheroes into their awesome little lives, he said with his eyes wide open, “You mean that’s the power that God gave you?” With a smile and a chuckle, I said, “Yes, that’s the power that God gave me.”

Answer #2
Sewing is my power.

Ok, I definitely need to go back to 20 years ago when my daughter Laura, Aiden’s mom, asked me, “Mom, why do you have so many quilts?” Wow. My head was saying…ok, Jo Ann say something nice. That totally caught me off guard…I didn’t think I would ever have to say why I have so many quilts.  All of my challenges quickly went through my head, even the ones that I could’ve said something not so nice. Do I defend myself with that question?  I said, “Well, making quilts helps me to deal with all of the challenges that I have in my life, and as you can see, I’ve had a lot of them.”  She didn’t say anything, so I guess I answered her question.  I definitely didn’t know that the biggest ones were just around the corner.

In 1999 I was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor and I had three brain surgeries that year. I was told that if I was going to have a brain tumor that this was the best kind to have…it’s not cancerous and I’m not going to die from it. Of course, I asked, “So then can I just keep it?” My neurosurgeon said “No”.  My recovery took way too long for me to go back to work and I lost my job.  In 2001 I divorced my husband of 26 years and I decided to go back to school to finish my BA. I didn’t think that I was ever going to get well enough to go back to work, especially since I couldn’t walk straight anymore and it took me forever to get anything done. Surprisingly, four years later I was well enough to go back to work and I am now a brain tumor survivor of 17 years. Did I ever stop quilting? No. Actually, it probably helped me more than I’ll ever know.

Unbeknownst to me, on that day that God gave out those really cool skills, He gave me the best gift ever.  My love of sewing has always kept me going and I will always be very very thankful for it.

Answer #3
Sewing is my therapy, my comfort, my peace.

Challenge #1…done.

Enjoy your day…until next time…ttyl!
Jo Ann


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