Last week I went through my many bins of quilts and made a large pile to donate. I love going through my quilts and remembering when I made them and looking at the fabrics, but also I love giving away quilts to make room for new. I gave away some favorites this time…but if I love them I know someone else will love them too. I met the sweet lady from the charity at a local quilt shop, and I loaded quilts and more quilts into her car.
“You made all of these?” she asked me in a nice but also a you are crazy tone. I just smiled, said “yep! I love to quilt!”, and drove home. It got me thinking though about why I quilt.
For a long time I struggled (and still do) with the idea of making quilts for no reason. The frugal side of me argues that it’s wasteful to buy fabric and spend hours to make a quilt with no specific purpose. Frequently I make quilts for new patterns, or to showcase a fabric line…but other than that I have no real reason to make as many quilts as I do.
On the other hand, making quilts is what I love to do. It brings me joy, and nurtures my creativity. It allows me to quiet my busy mind and just make something. I think it makes me a better Mom. So I keep quilting.
Why do you quilt? Do you quilt just for fun, or only when you have specific reason?
I finished up a large deadline last week and pulled these half finished Simplify blocks out of my closet. They were my test blocks when I was making the Simplify pattern. The fabric was a jelly roll of a fabric line called Tucker Prairie by 1 Canoe 2 (it’s probably hard to find now!). It looked so pretty on my shelf I couldn’t bear to unroll it for 3 years.
It was a fun, easy sew…and even though I have no use for this quilt, it sure does make me happy to look at it!
I get to show you new fabric next week! This line is totally different, and something I’ve been wanting to do since I started designing fabric. I’m super nervous to share it…eek!
It seems fitting at the end of this post to share one of my favorite thoughts about creativity…and a reason why I just keep on quilting!
“Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty. The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf