Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why do I quilt???

Patti had asked us to ponder this question. I posted this some time ago but my love of quilting comes from my sister. I always loved sewing, knitting, cross stitch and other crafty things but had never tried quilting. I was visiting my sister in Florida for the Christmas holiday and we went out one afternoon to fondle fabric. It was during this visit that she "infected" me with the quilting bug. Not long after that, I joined a local guild, The Apple Valley Quilters, and there was no turning back!!

Quilting gives me a way to express myself creatively that I never thought was possible. I love the different techniques, I love the variety of fabric, I love that depending on the person I am making a quilt for or the mood I'm in, I can tailor my quilt to that purpose. I love making something with my own two hands. I love the process, I find it calming..

There are days when work is really hectic or crazy that I come home and can't wait to go to my sewing room. I may not sew, I may just pull fabric or look at quilting books or patterns but it provides me with an oasis from the day-to-day craziness of life.

And one of the main reasons is that I LOVE QUILTERS. This sentiment has been echoed on many other blogs but it bears repeating. Quilters are giving, caring people. I have made so many friends through quilting. Whether in person through classes or my guild or through Blogland, it is comforting to know that others are thinking about me and care what happens to me. I check on my blog gals every morning to see what is happening in their little corner of the world. We not only share our quilting accomplishments or problems but we also share our lives - the good stuff, the bad stuff, the excitement and the sorrows. Although we are all different and come from different places, we are joined by our love of quilting.

I thank God every day for this tremendous gift he has given me and for my ability to share it with others.

thanks to Patti for reminding us how lucky we are to be quilters.

5 comments:

Finn said...

What a neat posting Annie..*VBS* I think you have said it very well. So many different ways of getting started at quilting, but quite a common bond as to why we continue....friendship, sisterhood, generations, womankind. Some thing to do, to share, to pass along. *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Maureen said...

Ann, I could have written what you wrote! My sister influenced me when it came to quilting also. We are very close and even though we live a couple of hours apart because of quilting we see each other on a regular basis! I've added you to my Favorites!

EileenKNY said...

Annie,
What beautiful sentiments! I forgot to add quilters to my reasons for what we do. I think we've all had wonderful quilters in our lives that influenced us.

Linda_J said...

There seems to be a recurrent theme in all the responses so far and I doubt that what we have read elsewhere influenced our own posts. Happy to have you along for the ride!!

Patti said...

And thank you, Annie, for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I've loved reading the answers everyone is posting to my question. And you are so right - quilters are the nicest people there are. And I'm so thankful for the Internet, which has allowed us to all "meet" and "get to know" each other.