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Thread: The value in your work

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    I have a question... How do you value your work?
    After wandering around here for a couple of weeks I began to wonder a bit about what 'making a quilt' means to people.

    Is the value in the process- creating pattern, sewing, quilting, or is it the finished project?
    Do you see quilting as an artistic expression or a project?

    What makes this process/medium/hobby appeal to you and what makes it satisfying?

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    Quilting speaks to my soul. The process, even the mistakes, is something that satisfies me. I don't know why. I'm not terribly creative, nor am I a terrific piecer. I'm average. But I love it. I have to say that the value of my work is the pleasure I get from it.

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    I guess my inspiration for my quilts is what I really enjoy. I don't like a quilt to take too long to complete. If it takes too long, I loose interest, or become too critical in my work.
    I enjoy the projects that "speak" to me the most. Sometimes it is because I am excited about the gift it will be once it is complete, or sometimes it is the fabric that I love and I just have to find the right pattern for it.
    My inspiration comes from many places.
    Also, it is my "break" from the real world. It takes me to a more simplistic place where I can just put pieces of fabric together and make these amazing looking products. I don't need to worry about being a Mom, a boss, a wife, a daughter, or any of those things, I just sew and think of how neat and satisified I am with the outcome.

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    I have to agree with the casual quilter on this. For me it's the process that brings be satisfaction. Don't get me wrong, I like a beautiful final product, but if I only complete one quilt a year or even less, it is irrelevant. I joined a UFO challenge a couple of years back and realized that it was nice to have peer encouragement to finish projects that had been languishing, but I wasn't getting any pleasure from it, merely frustration. So now I have my own personal UFO and WIP tracking system which I find encourages me, but doesn't pressure me.
    Diana

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    I'd say quilting is my "therapy", along with a few other crafts. It is something that I do for me. No one else meddles with it, and I get the satisfaction of being creative and having something to show for it. I usually have several projects going at the same time too. I have UFO's, nut work on them when the mood strikes me! :)

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    I make quilts because I like to make quilts. It is relaxing (except when it is exasperating!)

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    I think the value lies in all of those areas you mentioned...the artistry, the skill, the materials, the product...you just can't buy a quilt at Walmart like one that is hand made. You might be able to get a pretty throw or bed quilt that will last you a few years, but some day when you are at a department store look closely at those quilts. Then compare them to just a simple bed quilt at the next quilt show you attend. A well made quilt will out live even the prettiest Queen sized made in Indonesia comforter, and it has the added bonus of love and intent within its stitches. ;)

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    i just love the process from start to finish

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    It is a creative outlet that has a beautiful ending. It also keeps my retired mind active.

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    Since i donate my baby quilts, for me the value is leaving the hospital knowing that i have brightened someones day! I love to design, piece, and quilt each one as if they were my own. They become "my babies". There is no value or price i could name for the feeling i get knowing they are going to comfort a sick child and thier parents. I could never charge a price for that.
    For me, quilting has become my way of "giving back" in some small way.

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