I posted a picture of my cross-stitch project on Instagram a month ago. (I have since finished this project) My Instagram is auto connected to my Facebook feed so the picture showed up on my Facebook account too.
Mary from Chicken Scratch County Threads left a comment on the post that said, “So Jo – is it the destination or the journey for you?”
Hmm…I had to think about that.
What drives me to keep stitching? Do I enjoy the journey along the way? Or do I enjoy the destination more?
Some people have termed that process or product but I really like Mary’s way of saying it better. What brings me the most joy…working on the project or having the finished product.
With quilting, that’s easy. I am a process girl or a journey girl. I love designing the quilt. I love picking the colors. I love cutting it out. I love piecing. I truly love piecing. Machine quilting and binding are likely my least favorite part of the process but I still enjoy them.
Once the quilt is finished, I get a little high, but not a lot. It doesn’t bother me if the dog runs on it. It doesn’t bother me to gift it. I don’t care if one of the grandkids pukes on it. I’m really not possessive of the finished quilts at all….especially if it is a “quick sew”.
This is all me and everyone is different and I completely understand and respect the differences. I think we have all seen or might ourselves be a person who would not let their quilt touch the ground. Kelli one time was washing quilts and hung them on the line. There was an unexpected shower that came through..just quick and the quilts got damp. Kelli left them on the line overnight thinking they would dry the next day. Someone drove by and saw them and ended up talking to Kelli about it thinking the quilts would fade and was worried about her quilts.
Kelli is like me…she’s not super picky with the finished quilts. The person who drove by and saw the quilts on the clothesline was a product person. She cared a lot about the finished quilt.
Destination or product people might enjoy the quilt-making process but their biggest enjoyment comes from having the finished product. How many of you gasp when you see some of the quilt tops that blog readers send to me and donate to charity? Do you think, “I would never donate a top like that?” You are likely a product person. The person making the quilt, she’s a process or journey person.
We all know a person who has stacks of unquilted tops…That person is a journey or process person.
There isn’t a right wrong way to be. I think it’s good that we recognize and appreciate each type of person.
Now when it comes to cross stitch…I think I am really a true balance of both. I am not when I am stitching these bigger pieces. When I was stitching small season things or a smaller piece like this, I was more of a destination person. I wanted it finished and up. I didn’t relish in the stitching. It was something I did when I couldn’t be quilting.
Now when I’ve converted to stitching big pieces…like Seeking Refuge, I love everything about it. I love the quirky motifs. I love stitching and seeing the colors come together. I love the finished product.
I won’t let it sit after it’s stitched. I want it done. I want it hanging. I want to walk passed it every day and see it again and again and again. I want a sampler wall.
I love the journey and the destination when it comes to cross-stitch. I don’t know if it has to do with the time that it takes to stitch that I love the completed project so much more for cross stitch than with quilting or what.
I’d love for you all to leave a comment…are you a journey or destination person? If you do more than one craft, is it different for each? Curious minds want to know.