We have spent some time lately looking at design. This is simply an outward way of organizing. Today I want to spend a few minutes on something less tangible. I am talking about the reasons that we want to quilt in the first place. Why do we do it? Once again I was asked to explain why we bother to cut up lots of perfectly good fabric and sew it back together again. Today you can walk into a big box store and buy a perfectly good ( and sometimes really pretty ) bed cover and blanket for very little money. So there must be another set of reasons that quilting is a multi million dollar industry in America. I bet that you are not shocked that I have a few ideas.
First and perhaps the easiest answer is that creativity is fun, fabric is pretty, and good fabric feels good in your hands. Second, once basic skills are mastered it can be very relaxing to do. Third, there is a great satisfaction at finishing a project and seeing someone you love enjoy it. This is probably the reason many of us got started, so and so is having a baby, let me make a quilt. This touches on one of the big picture reasons that I am so involved, and I suspect so many of you are too.
Making a quilt, or teaching people to quilt, to me is simply making the world better. Often when I gift a quilt, to someone I know, or charity, I write on the back, ” A quilt is a Hug whenever you need one” Despite my deep love for the art quilt, the connection to this kind and compassionate concept may be the biggest reason that I still make functional items too. The inspirations I try to pass to my students comes in part from the value I place on creativity for the individual maker, but also for the desire to spread a positive and supportive energy in the world. It is up to us people, Lets make the world a better place, one project at a time.
Tomorrow is the Block of the Month meeting, and next Friday is the Quilt Label workshop. Just in time for you to get a label on that project for the Dutchess County Fair. While I am thinking of it, the nice ladies there have let me know they are looking for volunteers to be in the booth with the exhibit of my and your work. A four-hour shift comes with free admission to the fair so let me know if you are interested and I will send them your info. Keep up the good work.