Closing Doors, Opening Windows


I fully admit that I fell in love with quilting. It brought together my love for fabric, passion for design, and ability to sew. Moreover, it gave me the opportunity to learn new skills, to meet interesting women, and to travel to shows. Quilting quickly became a big part of my life.

I have been lucky enough to home school my children, so have not worked outside the home for 10 years. However, as the kids became older — and college tuition loomed — opening a longarm business seemed to be a great fit for our family. We renovated our home and made our living room into a lovely longarm studio. I purchased my longarm in July 2010 and had it delivered in October.

Six weeks later, I was in a serious car accident and herniated all the disks in my neck.

Since then, I have been walking a tightrope between working to build my business, and being held back because the actual work hurt my neck. I survived by heating and icing my neck, taking medication, and working with a medical team — including physical therapy, massage therapy, osteopath, and pain management. Whatever I tried, there was no way I could longarm without pain, despite how much I loved quilting for other people.

In December, I realized that I could no longer fight this battle. I had to find another way to earn a living. It truly broke my heart to close down my business. I have not done quilting of any kind for almost two months.

As you know from previous blog posts, I also had major abdominal surgery 3 weeks ago. In the weeks since, I’ve been considering some new opportunities. I am truly hoping that the words  — “When God Closes a Door, He Opens a Window” — are going to hold true in my life.


7 responses »

  1. I truly hope and pray that you find your path. It would so sadden me to not be able to do what I loved. I will say a prayer for you,and hope you find your way. Micki

  2. Sue, I can’t believe you will not be quilting anymore…you are so talented and an inspiration to me. You are a real artist though as shown not just thru your quilting but your writing and your children. I know that what ever you do next you will not only succeed but excel.

  3. I hope your recovery from your accident and surgeries is smooth and steady. And I do believe God will open doors of opportunity for you. God bless you on this journey.

  4. I know the answers will come to you and you will be off and running with many new ideas. Take time to heal and I bet in that quiet space great things will come to mind. I appreciate hearing your story even though we really don’t know each other. We are kindred quilting spirits……

  5. Oh Sue. So sorry for your trials and tribulations. Though I don’t know you at all I loved following your posts. I am an armchair quilter and gardener seldom doing either activity but loving to see the work of those who do. I do hope that somewhere within you a spark will alight showing you where you can next direct your creative energies.

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