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Thread: One of the reasons I learned to quilt

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    I remember when I was about six years old that I had heard about skills that were becoming obsolete. Tattting was a dying art for instance. I remember asking my paternal grandmother what other skills might also become extinct. She told me quilting. I decided then that I would try to learn these things so that they wouldn't die out. This was around 1972 before the big revival of quilting and other crafts in the mid-seventies. Here it is thirty some years later and these skills haven't died out. Now, it is a hugh industry (not just quilting). It provided so many with so much joy and given so many a creative outlet. I personally think it has also enhanced my spatial recognition and creative thinking skills which has helped my career immensely. So what were some of the reasons you learned to quilt or craft?

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    need . the mother of invention.

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    I love the creativity combined with something useful. I love the feel of fabric.

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    I learned to crochet because I though m mothers work was beautiful!! I was 6.. I learned to sew and quilt because my foster mother was great at it and I wanted to do the same things she did.. I was 13

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    I just wanted to make a quilt. No reason, just cause. So I did, and just never stopped.

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    I learned to hand quilt because it has everything I like: color, fabric, fine hand and needle work and ornaments.

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    I have sewn for years, and wanted to do a quilt for my friends new daughter, that was 12 years ago and havent stopped. I am self taught so I really should take a class, just havent had the time.

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    Not really sure..One day the notion just hit me..What is so funny is I hated to sew growing up..Still can not read clothes patterns, tried to sew a few outfits in the last year and they were enough to make anyone shutter :-D ..Than it hit me..a quilt..Went looking to see what would be the easiest one for me to do and found out how to do a string quilt..I started it, and now I can not put it down..I love it...

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    I have sewn all of my life. My DM also, but she started quilting about 30 years ago. I have always loved quilts and decided to learn the art myself, so I told my mother that I wanted to make a quilt and she helped me when I needed it. Now we are in a quilt club together and get together for sewing days. I enjoy it, all of it, even unsewing (lol).

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    I have always been someone who needed a craft of some sort going on. Loved to cross stich my whole life, but had to give it up due to a shoulder issue. For months I felt lost with no outlet and finally decided to try quilting because my mil made beautiful quilts. It's been true love ever since, with a few periods of sheer frustration LOL. I'm self taught and have gotten very good at unsewing.

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    I retired & needed something to keep me busy and off me feet due to a foot surgery that went way wrong.

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    Tatting is a lost art. I wanted to learn how and bought a shuttle and book but could not master it. I needed someone to show me how. I am a visual person.

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    I learned in the late 70's to have an craft to do in the winter months when I lived in NH and then 2 boys came along so quilting was put on hold. I picked it back up a couple of years ago with quilter at work giving classes. It was such fun to create. Recently have been quilting in between taking care of my mother(92) and it has really helped me mentally cause I can tune everything out but quilting. I find quilting very relaxing, even the unsewing. But best of all is the delight in the faces of the people that get the quilts.

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    I learned to tat while I was in high school the home ec teacher let me go to an elderly lady's house for the class I then taught it to little girls in 4H and a group of ladies and one man that used to get together. I sewed all my children s cloths when they were little as my mom had mine. Decided one day to learn to quilt like a great Aunt did and quilt by hand so have been on a roll with it now. My mom made quilts but always tied them.
    Learned to crochet when I was about 10 and to Knit a German lady taught me and my first project was a peach mohair sweater. I was probably 9 or 10

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    My mom always was sewing so of course...I wanted to do it to!!! :) Never stopped. I love it.

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    When my kids were little I wanted to make them quilts.

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    Have wanted to know how since I was very young, 5 or 6. Did not have enough courage to try til 50. lol My BBF sewed and said she would help if I bought a machine. I thought that sewing machines were the work of the devil and would NEVER work/ sew for me! It took over 2 hours to thread the machine and needle. I would not let anyone even touch my kitchen table where the machine was sitting. I was afraid they would jar it and mess it up. First time bobbin messed up the tension, took me over a week to figure out what was wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sewing machines not work of Devil but God. Cause I sure did a lot of praying! still do.

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    I've owned machines like that in the past. Tension that never was what it should have been. Love the one I have now and hate that it took me so long to buy one that was easier to work and fix when there was a problem.
    If you own one of those, go find something easier to use. You are wasting precious creative time!!!

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    I designed clothes when I was younger and sewed them for sale. Never thought about quilting until one year, about 15 years ago,my son and his house mate asked for a king siz quilt to be made by me for Christmas and it was the end of October. I not only did it but started on two others by Christmas and have been at it ever since.

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    I've sewn off and on my entire life but it was clothes, home dec, etc. When my DD became pregnant with my first DGC, I decided I wanted to make her a quilt. Took me 2 years to get up the courage to actually start but now I've been quilting about 2 years and just love it.

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    Borntohandquilt, I saw the quilt you had posted and failed to comment on it...the work was just perfect, I hand quilt and have tried to make all my stitches even, however, I am not there yet...may never be, but your quilt was just breathtaking...as I remember it was a whole cloth you had marked yourself....I have wanted a wholecloth, now I dream of doing one like yours....memepeggy

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    I was only five when I first tried stitching which drove my mom crazy as she was sure that I would hurt myself. She only mended a little and didn't understand my obsession with fabric, needles and thread. Finally when I was nine, she said "There's all my sewing stuff, go do what you have to do" and I've been stitching ever since. It's been a wonderful thing to do when I have had to wait for appointments or at the arena, ball park or pool for hours. I hate wasting time and love to have something to show for all of those hours spent waiting.

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    As soon as I was able to reach the pedal and the top of the machine at the same time, my mom let me use it, but mostly I made doll clothes. (I was about 5 years old then.) The year I was 9 years old, my mom was pregnant again, and my grandmother thought it would be good for "the girls" (2 sisters) to learn to quilt (so we'd leave our mom alone, I think. :-D) So she started each of us on quilting. Mine had 1" blocks, I remember, and was never finished. But I continued to sew.
    When my daughter was ready to leave for college, she wanted a quilt to take with her, so I figured it out and made one for her. Her children still use that one. And OH, what I've learned about quilting since then! I feel like it's a lifelong love, and I'm happiest when I'm piecing. Scrap quilts are my favorite.

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    My mother sewed but did not quilt; she gave all her "scraps" to my Aunt Edna. I loved Aunt Edna's Dutch Girl quilts... Then later a neighbor who was almost 90 said she would give me a quilt top made by her mother back in the 40's, I guess, IF I WOULD QUILT IT. Sure, I said. So, I got what I needed and started out - not knowing anything about HOW TO. I particularly like HAND QUILTING and ANTIQUE QUILTS - when I touch those quilts, I think there is a spiritual connection -- with someone else who LOVED those quilts LONG AGO.

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    In my family, everyone quilted/sewed. I just thought it was expected of me! Mother was left handed, so found it difficult to teach me crochet, tatting, and knitting, so Grandmother taught me. Don't "sew" much anymore, but love my quilting. Do well with crochet. Not so well with knitting, and only dabbled in tatting. Never could quite get the knack of that!

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