Hello, Allison here!
My husband asked me the other day if I would ever get tired of quilting. I think he had an ulterior motive. I think he thought baking would be a better hobby. I agree. It would be cheaper. It could be less time consuming. He thinks he would reap more benefits because of the instant gratification of chocolate chip cookies. It made me think a little. Why do I quilt? It is not as easy to answer as I would have thought it would be but it led me to explore some very vulnerable parts of myself. So before I give you my reasons…let me ask you, Why do you quilt?
The most obvious answer is to hone a craft and make something absolutely beautiful. The second most obvious answer is utility. Quilts are used throughout my home. They are at the end of the couch, the end of the bed, in bedroom closets, stacked on shelves. They are draped over chairs and hung on walls. No one can ever say that they leave my house cold. I cannot describe the feeling I get when I look around and my family is cuddled up and draped with one of my own creations. Warm bodies for them, warm heart for me.
I would much rather give than receive. It is a long standing tradition in my family that quilts represent milestones and special occasions. I love to look at the quilts that my grandmother and mother have gifted me and think about those occasions. I have a quilt that I was given when I graduated from school. I have a quilt that was given to me when I went to college. I have several that were wedding gifts. The list continues. I love the look on my friends and families faces when I give them a quilt as a gift. I love to start a quilt with someone special in mind. As I piece the quilt, I think of that person and all of the memories we have shared. This is an added blessing to me.
I have mentioned before, but I love History. Nothing is a truer representation of history than a quilt. Just think about the evolution of quilting and fabrics. Quilting has evolved from survival to artistic expression. There are various quilts that denote eras and times. Renaissance quilts were a form of art and hung on walls to display and beautify homes and dwellings. Slaves gathered and made quilts that told stories and passed along their heritage in a way they would not be punished for. Civil War quilts are admired and recreated to this day. Do you ever stop and think about the magnitude of personal quilting? Could I be putting my own personal timestamp on history? Will one of my creation be hung, admired, criticized and immortalized? Wow! That is a lot of pressure to get those points perfect.
Quilting has been a time honored social tradition. For generations women have gathered to share the craft of quilting but also to share a friendship. I love reading books of times when women gathered to share joy, sorrow, accomplishments, and gossip over a quilt. My Girlfriend, Barb reminded me of being a little girl and laying underneath a quilt on a frame. I would be quiet as a mouse so I could listen to the adult conversation that was taking place. Lifelong friendships are forged over quilting projects. Quilting is a common denominator to bring a diverse group of women together. Connection….that is what I believe we are on this earth for. I love being a Girlfriend and I love the friendships that I have made. I love the kindness and support that I glean from all my girlfriends. I believe Quilters are mostly kind. We should all be kind, right?
But, I think the greatest blessing quilting has given me is the quiet time with my thoughts and the ability to physically manifest these thoughts with fabric. I can put my heart and soul into quilting and it is all about me. As women, I think we have a hard time taking time for ourselves and when we do we suffer from guilt. I think that we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we rarely find those quiet moments. I know some girlfriends exercise, some girlfriends meditate, and some girlfriends even bake. As for me, I quilt.
SO…..to answer the question, will I ever get tired of quilting? Absolutely not. To me quilting gives me joy and purpose. Quilting is a time for reflection. I will clear off a shelf, buy another hutch and do whatever it takes. I LOVE TO QUILT!