If you’ve ever given a special new quilt to a mom-to-be, a fun wall hanging to a beloved friend, or a custom decoration to a teacher who could use a little encouragement, then you know firsthand that the things you create are so much bigger than you.
They go on and brighten lives, bring joy to others, and become special memories that person carries with them. From the up-all-nights in that special blanket to folding it up for his keepsake box on his first day of school; from your hands to that dear friend’s wall – a reminder she is loved and you’re just a call away when days get lonely; to that teacher who proudly displays your creation to welcome her students… your creations live on.
My designs live on.
And even if you’re creating them all for your pure enjoyment… they live on. You get days, months, and years of joy from the things you create as you cuddle up with the quilts, show off your latest handywork, and pull those special items out to decorate the house for the holidays… It never ends.
Maybe sometimes it’s not about the joy in the moment, but the joy you trust is coming. Maybe stitching and creating is a way for you to find a little escape for the difficult moments. The hard seasons in life that you just have to wait out.
I know because I was there when my daughter had a hemorrhagic stroke. When I wasn’t taking care of her, creating in my sewing studio became my nourishment. My healing. With every stitch flowed the questions and tears… the wondering how we were going to make it through.
But we did. We made it. And you’ll make it too. Just keep stitching.
Creating is so much bigger than switching on a machine and picking out some fabrics and thread.
It’s life changing.
The joy. The love. The inspiration. The nourishment.
The healing magic of creating.
All of this? This is the vision behind Meaning of Life Designs. It’s why I’m here always thinking of new patterns or techniques to keep the love and magic circulating.
And I hope it’s the reason you’ll keep coming back for more, always remembering that when you start a new design, you’re creating beauty, inspiration, and infinite creative joy to heal the heart and nourish the soul.
About Sarah Vedeler, Chief Designer
Sarah Vedeler began Sarah Vedeler Designs in 2009, after things in life turned on their head. Newly divorced and suddenly needing a way to generate an income while raising her 2 young daughters, Sarah turned to something she dearly loved: designing quilts and embroidery applique. Later, Sarah Vedeler Designs became Meaning of Life Designs to reflect the ideas shared with you above – that creating is so much bigger than combining thread and fabrics. Now people all over the world are creating using her designs and she’s always thinking of new designs to keep everyone busy and inspired!