Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Not For Wimps!

Today saw the end of another year of teaching my Patchwork and Quilting classes!

I teach 4 (sometimes 5) classes a week and the topics of conversation that take place are varied and entertaining!

To give you an idea, here are a few of my favourites:

English football (the less said the better!)
The Great British Sewing Bee (and the 'unique' dress code of one of the judges!)
How hot and wrinkled Egyptian cotton sheets can get (don't ask!)
How to treat achne!
How to get rid of garden snails!
How to disable your hockey opponent!
Birthing calves and lambs (& babies!)
50 ways to deal with an unhelpful doctor (un-printable!)

Of course there are many serious and thought-provoking conversations too!

Today one lady said 'getting old isn't for wimps', which was swiftly followed by murmurs of agreement from around the room.

I've just had another birthday, and while 'half way to 90' isn't old, neither am I young.

My daughter and nephew also celebrating birthdays this month!
In truth this statement could apply to life - 'doing life isn't for wimps'. Among the 48 ladies I have the privilege of teaching each week, some are battling cancer or illness, divorce and loss, children with special needs, caring for elderly parents, teenagers, anxiety, worry and fear and many more life challenges.

One of our recent chats in class was about how to get through life with a positive attitude, seeing good and bad times as an opportunity to grow and learn, and how to have courage to live life with intention and purpose. How inspiring!


Doing life, and doing it well, isn't for whimps!  But each week my ladies turn up to class with a smile; they laugh, chatter, encourage, cajole, drink tea, eat biscuits and even sew a little!

They are choosing to do life, and do it well. There are certainly no wimps in my classes!!


Thank you ladies for sharing your thoughts, talents, hearts and authenticity each week.

Wishing you all a creative summer break!

Jude xo

10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday!! Teaching a craft is fun, and so interesting. Such different kind of people, all interested in one common activity. Positive attitude is very important, and sewing with company helps!!
    Enjoy your summer!!

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  2. happy birthday to you. Your classes sound not only very inspiring but great fun too

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  3. Happy Birthday! Your classes sound like so much fun, such lovely folks to teach.

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  4. Happy birthday. Your sewing students are so lucky to have you as a teacher. x

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  5. Many Happy returns, J. may this year bring you joy.

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  6. Happy Birthday! They are so lucky to have you as a teacher and I am pretty sure the classes are a lot of fun :)

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  7. Lovely, encouraging post, Judith! Happy birthday!

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  8. Happy birthday, Judith!! And thanks for putting into words how I experience the quilting/sewing classes I teach each week. There is so much more to the classes than learning to sew quilts, for many it's a social event, sometimes even a lifeline!

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  9. Love that last quote especially! That needs to go on a quilt. Happy Birthday!

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