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    Salutations! I am currently a student at the University of Madison - Wisconsin. My fellow students from my Folklore class and I are trying to gather information on quilting as a tradition and how it relates to contemporary culture.

    I'd absolutely love it if any of you would be willing to answer some questions for me.

    Thanks so much and happy quilting!

    Yours,

    Jenny Baylog
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    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from?

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?

    10. Who do you make quilts for?

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake?

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt?

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both?

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you?

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?



    A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project?

    That's all. Thank you all so much!

    Jenny.

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    1. Anne from Massachusetts
    2. Mostly learned on my own and from books.
    3.It's traditional and I love color. Plus it's nice to make for family.
    4.No. I am no teacher. I still feel like a novice
    5.I'm sure there are differences. Updating equipment etc. I stay pretty much with the old fashioned, except for rotary cutters. I love them.
    6.I am in one little group in my church.
    7. Not a part of my own heritage. Mother did not make many quilts.
    8.I like creating something original. It is a mostly female expression.
    9.All kinds. Wall hangings, traditional blocks. Large, small.....I could go on.
    10.I make them for hubby, sis, friends
    11.Mistakes cause naughty language. AND reaching for the seam ripper.
    12.Soft and comfy. And washable.
    13.Homemade is more valuable emotionally.
    14.Not sure how to answer this one.
    15.I do not know much of the history, but I am very glad it exists.
    16.It is a lovely form of self expression. If I were to speak to a non-quilter about quilting, I would probably say, "take great care of any quilts you may aquire. Fabric does not last forever."
    17. Both. In a group on Tues. and the rest at home.
    18.No one else in my family quilts except for sister.
    19.I remember one lap sized quilt when I was a child. It was used so much it wore out. Wish I still had it.
    20.One thing about my quilting. It is well documented. I put a good deal of information on the labels and also have many pages in the computer telling of how or why I started a particular quilt and whom I made it for. Also little details about one or more of the fabrics I used.

    Thanks. Hope this helps your survey.

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    Thank you very much :D

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    More responses would be super helpful, the more the merrier :).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeii
    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from? Wendy, currently in Pensacola, FL

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? started in 2003. thought about it for maybe 5 or more years prior to that.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Expression. Creativity. It is a useful item and no one else will have one just like it.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? Teaching my daughter and I inspired my aunt to start. Now she's hooked too.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? Not much has changed in the last few years as far as techniques.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? this board is the only group I belong to. Tried the local quilt guild but they are unfriendly.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? My grandmother knitted afghans. etc for everyone. I can't knit, so I do this.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? Love it. What a great outlet for creativity!

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? Mostly large bed quilts. the hardest so far was a diamond pattern. Easiest would be 9 patch I guess. I like Log Cabins, but there are too many great patterns to stick to just one.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Client, family and myself.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Swearing, ripping seams out, starting again. Sometimes switch to different quilt project to avoid frustration.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? how different any one pattern can look when you use different colors and prints.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? Quilts are made with passion, planning, hope, excitement. Anyone can buy a blanket. Not so many have the patience, commitment and care to start and finish a whole quilt.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? Contemporary quilting matches the business of today's world. There are shortcuts now, but I think that machine pieced quilts will hold up over time better. And applique and other traditional skills are still popular. I doubt if Michelangelo would have passed on modern equipment to paint the Sistine ceiling.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I greatly respect the women who kept their families warm by making quilts from any scraps they had. No central heat and rare opportunities to buy cloth. They were very resourceful, but made them beautiful at the same time!

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It really is worth even more than what it costs to make it. The cheap ones on home shopping channels are junk.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I wish it was a more social event sometimes, but I also value the quiet time sewing alone.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? N/A

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. N/A

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? This is the best kind of therapy. I recommend it to anyone who admires what I do.



    A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project? Yes.

    That's all. Thank you all so much!

    Jenny.

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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Elizabeth, Florida
    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    My grandmother taught me to hand piece when I was a teen, but I taught myself on the sewing machine.
    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    It's fun, and it allows me to reach through time back to past generations of quilters. Doing so gives me peace.
    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?
    No but I'd love to.
    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
    I have a sewing machine this time! My hands love me for it
    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
    I do volunteer for charities but I am not part of any one of them.
    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    My grandmother was a seamstress so if that's part of my heritage, I suppose so
    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    Peace, joy contentment, self expression, satisfactions, sometimes fustration
    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?
    Pieced, Memory, Embroidered, Bargello, I like and want to make anything I haven't done before.
    10. Who do you make quilts for?
    Family
    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake?
    Either I rip it out, or work around it, sometimes mistakes can't be corrected with a seam ripper, but taking the time to think about it and try a new way is what makes a quilt a work of art.
    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt?
    Self expression through fabric and design.
    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?
    A quilt is a sandwhich of three parts assembled to create a single object. Not all quilts are made with love, and neither are blankets, but both CAN be.
    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
    I feel that some people sell their work for nothing and that hurts the quilting community, because everyone comes to believe that a quilt costs "X" when that's not really true and doesn't encompass time and effort only fabrics. I suppose it's "You can't put a price on love". This is not the same as giving a quilt as a gift. To give something is to leave the "cost and efforts" forever unknown and unmarked. I do feel that quilting has begun to regain popularity over the past couple of years and that's a great thing.
    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I think the history of quilting is like the world as a myth, there are so many things that people have made up as they went along that we pass on as in truth fact. But the bottom line is that quilting is fun and that quilters through out generations have put more time and effort into their quilts than some will ever know.
    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    That it's not something only women do, it's not something old ladies do, the joy of creating a quilt can be shared and found by anyone, just as a painter picks up his first set of paints.
    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I mostly quilt alone, if quilting with a three year old counts as alone, comming here to the quilting forum and when I blog my self expression time, where I can share and see all the beautiful things others have made

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Quilting is more of a family pastime, a family of dabblers, I find it empowering and a fullfilling passion, it saddens me to think I might one day not quilt anymore.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. My mother used to quilt, she is a perfectionist. I think that made her crazy because she saw felt and fretted about every imperfection, instead of accepting the inperfection of human nature as part of the beauty in her quilts. For her it was hand quilting when I was young and, sew as you go when I was a teen.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?
    When my grandmother taught me to hand sew the temors of her parkinsons slipped away. If only for a moment if only for a fraction of a thought.


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    Everyone's answers have been amazing!!

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    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from? Karla from the Finger Lakes of NY!

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I started 15 years ago. I taught myself by sitting on the floors of sewing stores and reading the books--trying to memorize the directions to try at home.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Expression--a creative outlet. I thought about why it brings me such joy--and especially when the kids were small, it was the one area of my life I could call all the shots in. The pattern, colors, when to work on it, how big to make it, who to give it to.... felt good.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? Just one--my 12 year old barn buddy. She just started.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? I just learned about basting spray. :D There are some new methods I haven't tried. I like to stick to what I'm doing. I love strip piecing, but haven't tried paper piecing. It's too much work to learn new methods. New patterns are awesome--new methods make my brain hurt. :roll:

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? Nope. No time.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Umm, not really. Neither my mother or grandmother quilted. I guess my grandmother's mother did, but I never met her. I have three old quilts--but I'm not sure if she made them. So, the idea of it being a passed down tradition never comes into play.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? (see #3) Quilting brings me joy! Freedom! A welcomed challenge! And when I'm done, there's something pretty and warm! It's nice to have a hobby I can go to when I'm able. It's always there waiting whether it's been an hour or a month.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I love log cabins. I've made several kinds. I guess I don't get too complicated and stick to strip type piecing. The hardest one was called Garden Path--I had reteach myself how to make those squares if I left it too long. The easiest was one with squares and strips sewn into squares.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? All family members, sometimes students, many friends--ones going through rough days. I've made several ragged flannels for folks I've never met--but feel close to through emails--when they are going through rough times.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Depends. Fix it if I can. If I see it too late--it stays.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? warmth

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? loving stitches.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? Gained. It gives more options to creative minds. The old style traditions will always be alive and well. If others want to forge new paths--cool. I like to see what they've created. I don't have to like it, but I can appreciatate their efforts and talents.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? Some. I collect picture books about quilting to share with students. I like the stories about how quilts helped folks when moving west, and in helped slaves become free--through various ways. Quilts were made into maps to show the way. Neat, eh? When I heard some of the info was not true, I lost interest in the history. What's true, what isn't?

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It takes a lot of time, effort, and money. The price a quilter gets for a quilt doesn't cover it all. But, we get joy from creating each piece.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Always alone. I have enough social time, I love quilting alone--in my small cozy room surrounded in fabric. It's a hide-out.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Nope.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. I had one quilt I loved as a child--so soft and comforting. I found it at my father's house a fwe years ago and asked for it. I sit on it when I sew. No other memories.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? Nope. Maybe my kids will have some about me. :D I do love that my kids know I'll make them whatever they want. They both have 4 quilts and some wall hangings. Now that they are one the verge of living in apartments/houses--I should have more work soon. :wink: My son has a girlfriend--so it's nice to have a new person who appreciates the projects--so she's getting items now.


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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Amber from Nashville TN

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I was 19 when I made my first quilt and I learned from my mother and grandmother. I grew up in Utah so that's where I was when I learned.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) It's relaxing for me. Also I'd like to pass something handmade onto future generations.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? No

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? No

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?No

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? A little, yeah. My grandmother and mother have done a bit of it during their lives, and I'd like to continue that tradition.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? It's peaceful and its creating something with my hands.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I've made pretty simple ones because I'm not very patient when it comes to finishing! The hardest one I've ever done is what I"m currently working on, a cardtrick.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Mostly for me and I'm trying to sell them as a side business.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I growl and if it's a big mistake I correct it. If it's a little one, I cover it up! lol

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? The top. It's the ultimate expression of the person who made it.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? It's a lot more personal.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?........Not sure

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I really don't know a lot about it. I know that pioneer women made quilts, but they were all hand stitched...and I have a lot of respect for them.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It takes dedication!

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I quilt alone, and it's time for me to escape into my own little world.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Yes, I feel it's important to pass along all traditions.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.
    I have memories of sitting on the floor under the quilt frames while my grandmother finished the top.
    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? See the above.

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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Pat from NYS

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    A group of quilters used to meet in my local library. They inspired me over 20yrs. ago.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    I love the creativity of the art form. It allows me to express myself.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? Yes.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
    Yes. Years ago piecing and quilting was done by hand. Today, machines and cutting tools (other than scissors) make it a fast-paced art form. Projects get completed quicker, but I feel the real art and creativity of the hand stitching is lost.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
    Before my current job, I used to be a membe of a local guild. Presently I am affiliate with on-line groups.
    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    No. None of my ancestors were quilters, although there were a few seamstresses.
    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    I am very relaxed and removed from troubles that may surround me whenever I am working on a quilt project. Just the feel of the fabric puts me at ease, especially in a fabric store.
    9. What different type of quilts have you made? Bed quilts, table toppers and runners, place mats, hot pads. What was the most difficult, easiest? The most difficult is working with curves; the easiest is using squares in blocks for a pattern. Do you have a favourite style? I would say I am a traditional quilter.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? gifts for others

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I rip the seams apart or remove stitching and start again.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? The final project.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? The love and time that went into making it.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? No. It's just a different art form. If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? No.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? Yes, it reminds me of the underground railroad. If so, what do you know about its history? Early American history.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It is a lovely art form that can tell a story about your life.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I quilt alone.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Quilting is not in my family. I am the "first".

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. I can recall 2 very special quilts I made for my two sons upon their highschool graduation. One was the Irish Chain pattern using the school colors of the college son #1 was going to attend. The other was called "Chocolate Chip Cookie Quilt" using the colors of a chocolate chip cookie, my other son's favorite cookie.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? I was recently inspired by a display of quilts made during World War II. All made by hand in the bold colors of red/white/blue. I'm sure they have been washed many times over the years yet none of the colors ran! I am currently making a new bed quilt using those same colors.

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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Cynde from BC, Canada

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? About 10 years ago a good friend taught me, so she would have someone to shop, quilt and go to guild meetings with.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Gotta sew, gotta quilt.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? My children

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? The only difference is I've now got this on-line board/guild.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? Here, used to belong to a guild that held monthly meetings, but my life got too busy.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Grandmother and Mother quilt

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? Creative expression, satisfaction, joy when giving them to appreciative recipients.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Friends/Family - people that are quilt worthy

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Unsew/resew

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? Not sure what you mean by this. I like the colours

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? A guilt is a piece of art/heirloom.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? Don't know.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I enjoy hearing about it.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Has been social, but now is a solitary activity

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? It's not important for me to carry on the tradition, but I know my Grandmother was very happy I was.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. Quilts my Grandmother made for me/my kids

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? I was very happy to be able to make a quilt for my Grandmother to enjoy in her final days, with blocks that she had created but not gotten around to doing anything with. I also have a quilt that I made out of old T towels that my Great Grandmother had embroidered from flour sacks. That is a true treasure.



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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Catherine, Kentucky

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    Probably from my grandmother..she taught me how to sew, I had a natural talent in sewing and after owning a Alterations Custom sewing shop for 12 years I taught myself to Quilt when I closed it and ventured into another business.


    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    It is art. To express yourself through fabric is very rewarding. Quilting has many rewards. Looking and touching one makes you feel good inside, almost like you've come home. Family and friends love to get your creations, they get all sunshinny inside....quilting has honor.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? no, but I will one day.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
    yes! I feel great about it...see I love the applique look and have been teaching myself this.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? once I was but they did not fulfill my need.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    not really.well..my great great Aunts owned an Alteration shop in downtown Lexington, Ky. but I have not heard if they quilted. My mother and sister have several in their homes.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    I'm sure I answered that in #3. It's like being an artist. You can't help yourself. You need to do it. I enjoy the beauty of every step in making a quilt!

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?
    Not a wide range of types..yet. mostly I love simple, applique and the two favorites...the soft old fashion florals and the bright cheery fabrics used mostly for children. I have only made 3 full size , but mostly like the smaller..lap and baby quilts cause I can't wait to get to the next project, my attention span is short! ha

    10. Who do you make quilts for? family and friends

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? do it over..but then it does all depend on the mistake. There are ways to hide one!!

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? the story it tells.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?
    the word Quilt..should say it all...doesn't it sound special?!!

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? It seems to me that it has gained value. Perhaps maybe it is the demand.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?
    It does mean alot. I know probably about what most people know. What we have read. You know my Mother has repeatingly said that when she dies she wants to be wraped in the quilt her homemakers made. Now can you say that about a "blanket?" that alone speaks volumes! Did I even answer this question? ha Must be stuck on #13

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    reflect on 1 - 15. I really know very little ..but thanks for asking. I'm getting a little silly now!

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I quilt alone...one day I'd love to have company.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you?
    I am the tradition...ha I have a large family and it is only me who quilts & sews.....I have one young niece that could be following in my footsteps. She has become very precious to me. I just bought her a sewing machine.


    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.
    No..isn't that sad?

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? no thank you...not yet



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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Dawn Hendrix from Virginia .. living in Georgia

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I took a class in Hawaii and was HOOKED

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) I quilt so I can make things for people who apperciate them.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? I have taught 3 other people

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? differences .. I would say no.. but differences in me I would say YES

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? I went to 1 guild meeting and joined and have never gone back. I LOVE this board so they are my buddies and group!

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Yes.. I am makeing something from a bag of fabric that will be cherished and loved for years and years. And hopefully anyone who sees it will see how much love I put into it!

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? I am so proud to quilt and show my work! It relaxes me and allows me to create FABULOUS things to keep people warm!

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? oo I have made a celtic knot to a simple baby quilt. The Celtic knot was the biggest challenge but it taught me I can do anything I put my mind to.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? All my friends and family... plus those special people who see my work and commission me to do something for them!

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? oo I get upset with MYSELF.. I walk away... breathe and a few hours later come back and try try try again! then if it still doens't work well it goes to the bottom of the pile for a bit so I can focus on something else.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? the creative process, choosing colors and fabrics

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? A quilt is LOVE all wrapped around you, it is something choosen exactly for you.. no-one has one like it...

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? I never did it any other way so this is all I know the now of it.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I like to see all the thinkgs made by our ancestors and I am in complete awe of them

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? Just that is is a SUPER outlet to let you be yourself and let it SHINE through!

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? O am by myself most of the time.. I have people I haev taught that pop in every once and awhile

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? I am the 1st quilter that we know of.. I am proud to BEGIN this tradition for my family!

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. none

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?
    not a one.. but my kids sure will!


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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Emily from OR
    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I am still teaching myself, am joining a group

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) I wanted a craft that was fun, challenging and worth it.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? No. I just started.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? No difference, aside I've learned a lot more.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? This board, and am joining a group in a few weeks.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? My grandmother, Great grandmother, and great great grandmother all quilted. My mother does not.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? It is a lot of fun, makes me think, and is very rewarding

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I have only made one quilt, which was 12 inch blocks of blue fabric. I am working on a another one that is more difficult.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Myself, and family. Charity as well, in the future.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I growl at the mistake, and leave the sewing room for a few minutes and calm down.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? The color, the expression of the person that made it. And the pattern.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? It is made with love. It just has a better feel to it.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? I feel like it is better then it ever was, aside from we do not use scraps as much as we should.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? The history is very intresting to me and I know some from what I have read on the internet.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? Time and practice works.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I quilt alone at this point, but am joining a group soon.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? I feel connected to my relatives that have passed on, and yes I do feel like I am carrying on a tradition.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. I have a lot of quilts my ancestors have made and I do have the memory of a blue quilt I fell in love with. I did not know anything about patterns then, and all I remember is the border.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? Not really. I've only been quilting since July.

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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Michele from Orlando, Florida

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    I started playing around almost two years ago.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    It's a great creative outlet and learning process.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? No.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? I am self taught, so the process of learning new techniques is a nice transition.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? The Quilting Board

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Yes. My great grandmothers quilted.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    I love figuring out a pattern, making progress on a project, and the excitement of starting something new.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?
    I've dabbled in patchwork and applique. I find the actual quilting process difficult. My favorite quilts are scrappy quilts.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Family and friends.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Seam ripper or trash can.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? Color.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? The work that went into making it.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
    I think contemporary quilting has gained in value. More people appreciate it as an art form.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?
    I love reading anything about the history of quilts. Quilting has a vast and interesting history.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    It's addictive.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Alone time, although group quilting interests me.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? I think my great grandmothers would get a kick out of me quilting! I'm sure they thought the craft was dead before they died.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. I have quilts that have been in my family for years. It's interesting to imagine where the fabrics came from and how they were put together.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? No.



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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Carmen from CA
    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    joined a small group that donated to local shelters, etc.,about 8 years ago, in CA
    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    love to sew
    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?
    yes
    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
    no
    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
    no
    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    my mom did a little, but not much since she worked
    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    excited-love to see the pattern and fabrics work
    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? usually just lap size, tied, and donated. They are the easiest, bigger are harder to machine quilt.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? charity, family

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? depends on the mistake, if not too obvious I don't worry about it.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? don't have one

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? it's personal, it's one of a kind.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
    don't know
    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?
    just a little
    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    no
    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both?
    alone
    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you?
    hope to teach granddaughter some day
    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.
    no
    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?
    no


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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Barb from Williams Lake, BC

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? 6 years ago - took a beginners class

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) I love the color & feel of material and it was a new way for me to put it together to express myself

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? I've given a demonstration of English Paper Piecing at our local quilt guild

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? Maybe not differences since I consider myself a rank beginner still. But, many new techniques to learn

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? Yes, Williams Lake Piecemaker's Guild

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? No, my mother didn't quilt and I didn't know my grandparents

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? The tactile feel of the material and ranges of colors we can use now are wonderful. After I finish a quilt and give it away I feel wonderful.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I don't have a favourite yet, but have made rag quilts (easiest), traditional block, stip quilting, bargello (most difficult), English Paper Piecing (most relaxing) and mystery quilt.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? My family & friends and with the guild Emergency Services

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I just unpick it and redo if I notice in time. If not it stays

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? There isn't one feature, it is a combination of color, texture and quilting

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? The way the are made, not mass produced, but by hand or personal machine.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? No, quilts are still made with love and the people who make them may be stretching their imaginations with new ways of doing this art, but it is still something made by someone for someone.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I've only read a bit about early quiltmaking and am always interested in more.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? Not really, just enjoy what you are doing - and finally keep one for yourself.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Quilting is both for me, I quilt alone at home, but also in a group with my fellow guild members and at a local store with other ladies and men.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? I am hoping I am starting a tradition.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. No memories of any type of quilting.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? No - sorry, still too new at this.

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    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Sue, from Walnut, CA

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    In about 1992, I started taking a quilt making class in an Adult Ed class in Hacienda Heights, CA (& I'm still attending the same class!)

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    Because I can :wink: :!: I love the color & geometry of it & the artistry.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?
    Yes. I taught my cousin to quilt, and I have also taught a workshop for my quilt guild.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
    I'm sure there are many differences from when I first started! I'm seeing more art quilts & mixed media quilts too. Keep 'em coming! The changes keep it from becoming stale.

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
    Yes, I belong to TLC Quilters, a guild in Covina, CA. I'm a past treasurer & current member of the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds (SCCQG) & a member of this message board - otherwise known as the "Everyone's Welcome" guild!

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    Yes, because my great grandmother was a quilter.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    It's a way to express my creativity.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?
    I've made many different types of quilts from pieced to machine appliqued to art quilts. For me, applique is the hardest and the one 'Storm at Sea' block I made was one of the most frustrating. I tend to prefer piecing.

    10. Who do you make quilts for?
    Family & philanthropy

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake?
    Anything can happen! Sometimes the seam ripper becomes involved, other times it requires another trip to the fabric store, and still other times it becomes an artistic choice!

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt?
    Hmmm...the color & the heart involved with it.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?
    By definition, a quilt is 3 layers - batting, backing & the top; in reality there is a 4th layer - love.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
    I feel that all quilts have value, it just depends on who is looking at it.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?
    History was always one of my worst subjects.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    See question #13.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both?
    I quilt alone & with friends & in a class.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you?
    I don't know that I am carrying on a tradition, but it is in my family.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.
    The first quilt I designed & actually completed is a flying geese row quilt. It's still one of my favorites. It was only supposed to be a wall hanging, but when I began cutting & sewing the geese, I realized it was at least twice as big as I thought it would be! lol

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?

    One of the best thing about quilting is QUILTERS. Over & over again I have seen how giving & caring quilters are. Several years ago, after the wild fires in Southern California, not only did the SCCQG membership vote to give some financial assistance to 7 quilters who lost their homes in the fires, they also donated fabric & tools! How awesome is that? I see the same kind of kindness over & over again here on the quilting message board too. I am very proud to be a quilter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeii
    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from?
    Deb, Born in Michigan, moved to Ohio as a child, raised in a small town.

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
    I grew up sewing, watching mom, mom passing on tips, she made our clothes, I sewed the scraps together to make things.
    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
    I started to make my kids blankets, being thrifty due to economic needs, used what I had to make keepsakes.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?
    daughter and daughter in law

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
    just this great group.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
    yes,, sewing is more so tho, both mom and grandma made clothes

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    yes, very much pleasure. I enjoy puzzles, and feel quilting is a hands on puzzles.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? denim, baby blankets, irish chain, photo memory quilts. What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favorite style? 9 patch

    10. Who do you make quilts for? family first, friends, now for sale.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? depending on the mistake. Severe, I use my seam ripper. mild, I may incorporate it in to the quilt. If already sewn together, and handquilting, and not to bad, I may ignore it.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? handquilting

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? the tender care I know went into making it makes it special.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I enjoy reading about it, learning the reasons, or the whys things were done.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? just the time involved, so they would take care of them

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? alone.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? I do it for my enjoyment. I do not think my kids will.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?



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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Renee Cleveland Ohio

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? 2008, self taught

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) just for the fun of it

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? no

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? n/a

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? just this one

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? no

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? pure satisfaction knowing that i made that

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I have only made squares so far

    10. Who do you make quilts for? the nieces

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? RIP it out

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? putting the blocks together

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? knowing i made that

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? gained since more and more women and men young and old are quilting

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? sure does our families were more green than we are today but we are heading back for the most part of using old clothes to make something new.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? n/a

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? at home alone

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? n/a

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. n/a

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? n/a



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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeii
    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from? Catherine from Burlington, WI
    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? 24 years ago, I learned from a magazine. We were stationed in Germany at the time.
    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) I like quilts and it's profitable for me.
    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? I have been teaching quiltmaking for 16 years.
    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? Yes, there are many differences. Rotary cutters have revolutionized quiltmaking even more than the sewing machine did. More quilts are being machine quilted, which enables us to make more quilts.
    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? I have been, but I am not currently part of a group. I do use online communities, including this one.
    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? NO, not really. My mother taught me to sew clothes when I was very young (age 7 or so), but she never quilted and we have no heirloom quilts.
    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? I enjoy the math! I like drafting a quilt and creating the cutting instructions, pattern and yardage, etc. It keeps my brain active and it gives occupation to my hands when I have to sit down.
    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I have made just about every kind of quilt except for some of the trendy ones (I spy or some commercial patterns for example.) The most difficult was the Thousand Pyramids (never finished it) and the easiest were the simple Stepping Stones (four patches alternating with plain blocks or Nine-Patches. There are many quilts that are my "favorites" - the Indian Star is one, and I also liked making Double Wedding Ring and the Dahlia, partly because they were new and interesting to me. I have a short attention span. ;)
    10. Who do you make quilts for? I make them to sell. I also make them for gifts and for myself, but 80% of the quilts I make are for sale.
    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I fix it.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? The drape of it.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? A blanket is just one layer. A quilt has three layers and is quilted to keep them together.
    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? I am not sure how you are defining "value." I think there is an unfortunate trend to make quilts from commercial patterns and coordinated lines of fabric instead of doing creative work. I think contemporary variations of traditional quilts are interesting and appealing, as are unique quilts. I think original, contemporary "art" quilts (usually designed to be displayed on a wall) should be categorized with "art" along with painting and sculpting rather than grouped with "quilts" as represented by bed quilts, most wall quilts, baby quilts, tablerunners, etc. "Value" is assigned by the viewer, purchaser, or owner.
    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I know a lot of the history of quiltmaking, and most of the folklore is false. LOL Quiltmaking in America began as a luxury hobby and furnishing for wealthy women, and it spread and then declined in usage with the Industrial Revolution. There are certainly many examples of pioneer women and women in rural towns making coordinated or scrap quilts, however. Today, quiltmaking has evolved into a rather expensive hobby.
    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It is a learned skill and anyone can do it. There are fast quilts and time-consuming quilts. It doesn't really require "patience."
    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? It's been both. I am currently doing some special group projects and spenging a lot of time alone in my sewing room. I have also been part of groups who make charity quilts.
    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Not a tradition in the past, but I have instituted it among the women of my family, including the next generation.
    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. No memories of others quilting. All the memories of specific quilts in my past have been those I have made in group settings or with one other person (a friend or relative.)

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?

    Making quilts to commemorate weddings or births have been a new tradition for the women of my family. We make the quilt top in one day, and I usually machine quilt it. This replaces a regular bridal or baby shower and provides 8 hours of fellowship and bonding with the multigenerational family members.

    A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project? Yes

    That's all. Thank you all so much!

    Jenny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeii
    If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

    1. What is your name and where are you from? butterflywing from central nj formerly nyc


    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? fooling around at age 20
    while dressmaking commercially

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) for the peace
    and quiet and restfulness.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? yes -- my daughter

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? definitely. very good. i am
    much improved and confident about my abilities

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? only this forum

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? no

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    quilting provides a serenity and peacefulness.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? traditional and modern.
    machine and hand-quilted. also tied. hand-done was hardest. my faves are machine pieced and quilted.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? family

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? redo, throw out, live with it. what day is it?

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? color color color

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? blankets are strictly utilitarian.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? yes. If so, why? they have lost the historic significance of 'make do'. Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? no. they are simply another form of expressing oneself through fibre. art - yes. quilting - no.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? the history is interesting in the way that it's always good to understand why we do what we do and who preceded us.
    i am informed to a degree that allows me appreciate quilting and the stories and myths surrounding it.

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
    that it is as much a part of the history of the world as a part of the history of this country. that it can be quite beautiful and show the skill of very artful people. that it is a serviceable craft as well as a beautiful one, and should be studied with the same degree of academic interest as the building of fine furniture.

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? usually alone, becuse i get more done tht way. sometimes i prep in company with a friend.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? no

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. no

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? none



    A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project? feel free

    That's all. Thank you all so much!

    Jenny.
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    1 Kathy Siegrist Tucson Arizona
    2 got a magazine and learned how, then took a class
    3 like making them
    4 no
    5 I think i quilt better,willing to try more challenging patterns
    6 yes I belong to the Tucson QUilters Guild
    7 No I don't think anyone in my past has ever quilted,knit and crochet yes
    and my daughters have not shown an interest
    8 I like the journey that takes me fron a bolt of fabric to a finished quilt
    9 I like making traditional quilts,I have made picture quilts that have a remembrance for a certain occasion,those were the most time consuming to me
    10 friends and family
    11 I get out the seam ripper,this past week i got so mad at myself I didn't touch it for 4 days
    12 the pattern and how it comes together,the colors
    13 its the love that has taken it from fabric to a beautiful work of art
    14 I don't think I would make what is called contemporary,but it is beautiful all the same
    15 I have read a few books about it and am amazed how much time it took them,with everything else they had to do
    16 I think everyone should try it,although be warned it is a very addictive hobby
    17 usually by myself,my work hours don't lend to hanging out with people at the hours I am available to quilt
    18 I am the 1st quilter that I know of
    19 none
    20 no not really
    Yes please do,hope it helps in your class

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    1. What is your name and where are you from? Suzanne, Pennsylvania

    2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I attempted to quilt with I was about 8 years old with my Grandmother and her friends; approximately 1944. The quilting frame was over the bed in the front bedroom and these ladies were sitting around it. They let me stitch. I am sure they tore my stitches out, but I knew that one day I would learn. I took my first quilting class at a shop in Alexandria, VA and haven't looked back.

    3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Loved to sew clothing and for the home and now love to to quilt. I make quilts for family only. Have made for my three children, for six of seven grandchildren and three of four greatgrandchildren. The two missed are newbies. Their quilts are coming.

    4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? I have taught 4H quilting for ten years, ages 8-16 as well as anyone else who seeks out my help. I am retired from 4H but still work with several children.

    5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? The advancement in the sewing machine technology including the longarms and all of the new tools. The tools are great. Can you imagine use a cereal box cardboard for a template?

    6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? Yes, with the guild until recently, but have taken a year off owing to my "full-plate". Will join again, perhaps in the spring.

    7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Yes. I come from a long line of sewers but only one quilter, my paternal grandmother. Unfortunately, I am now unable to see any of her quilts.

    8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
    I love to go to my "playroom". I want to leave a part of me for the family to remember me when I'm no longer here. -- I am also making Quilts of Valor for the injured warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq. I want these lads/lasses to know that I do care about them and appreciate what they are doing. I make approximately one a week completely by machine (50" x 60") and today finished #67. I hand letter the label. While working on these quilts I pray for the recipient and know they are appreciated owing to some of the responses I get from the recipient or a family member.

    9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? Traditional patterns and attempt to fit the fabric and design to the family member who receives same. Most difficult was one of a contemporary pattern. All of the family quilts are queen sized. My favorite style involves applique and scrap quilts. Have made a beautiful Baltimore Album that was shown at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I also make placemats and table runners, wall hangers, purses and pillow tops.

    10. Who do you make quilts for? Family and self.

    11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I will correct my mistake, if possible. Otherwise, it becomes a humility mistake.

    12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? When it is done and hear the response from the recipient. After a pattern is chosen, I enjoy putting the fabrics/colors together.

    13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? Quilts are made to convey to the recipient that they are loved which I always express on my labels.

    14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
    No, not the American made quilts. Quilting is an American craft and will continue. The sale of fabrics, books, tools, machines, attest to a healthy craft. I resent all of the quilts being imported and passed off as American while the foreign manufacturers are taking advantage of the impoverished. I understand that the imports have to have a tag stating the country of origin. These latter quilts can be picked out by most accomplished quilters when one looks at the workmanship.

    15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? While living in Washington, I attempted to visit all of the exhibits there. Programs at the guild there, included those with quilt collections; i.e., all 9-patch quilts, quilts from Applachia (with newspaper batting and made with old clothing).

    16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It's addictive. It would be my wish to have every quilts make one "Quilt of Valor" for the injured. There are over 70,000 injured and we are running far, far behind the number issued. www.govf.org

    17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Primarily, I quilt alone although I have done the group thing. And yes, it is a fun social event.

    18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Yes, even though it skipped a generation. My daughter quilts some, and a granddaughter is learning. I have always said. "each one, teach one". This includes family. I have been given a skill and I don't believe I should keep it to myself. Like my little 4H ladies. Three (10 & 12 year olds) have continued and call for an appointment so we can talk through a problem. They have a good foundation. These little ones are like granddaughters.

    19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. Yes, as alluded to earlier. My parental grandmother. I remember the haps. Heavy and scratchy. Move vividly, I recall all of the red fabric which I now believe to be the turkey reds. She had made quilts for all of her 10 children which she showed me when stored in the middle bedroom dresser drawers. I was so young and never questioned why she hadn't given them to all of her adult children. After my grandfather died, she moved to an apartment and to the second apartment, and lastly to her daughter's. No one seems to know what happened to these quilts as none of the surviving children or cousins I have questioned know what happened to them. My father, went to his grave believing he was the only one didn't get a quilt. My grandmother did not like my mother. My grandmother was a hard woman and I don't ever recall her coming to our home. Grandpa came alone to visit.

    20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? Just those lost quilts my grandmother had made. I would love to have seen the designs she used, the fabrics chosen, her workmanship. And I would really have liked for my mother to see what I am doing now. I know she and daddy would have been proud of my work with Quilts of Valor.

    Hope I haven't been too wordy.

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