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Thread: Why Do You....(dare I say it)...QUILT?

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    Super Member wuv2quilt's Avatar
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    I know that in days gone by making a quilt was often a matter of necessity. You had to keep the family warm, or freeze to death. Frequently, you made do with what was on hand. You didn’t get to go to your LQS, or actually have a “stash”. You did what had to be done in order to provide for your family.
    In this day and age most of us don’t HAVE to make a quilt for the necessity of it…we have central heat / air, gas logs, and usually more bed linens they we know what to do with.
    This being said, I’d put a quilt on every bed in my home, (I just need to make enough to do that). I LOVE quilts! I enjoy the process of selecting my fabrics, color schemes, design / pattern layout, and most important, (to me), who the quilt is for.

    So, WHY do you quilt?

    Is it for the love of the craft?

    The ability to create what will hopefully be a piece of your family history?

    The joy it brings you?

    Artistic expression?

    So, Why Do You Quilt?

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    Love of the craft
    Love of challenging myself and expressing myself artistically. I used to do stained glass and painted and no one seemed to appreciate my products as much as they do the quilts.

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    For the pleasure of it!
    or, because I can....

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    Love constructing something I've created.

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    Just.....because!!:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuv2quilt
    I know that in days gone by making a quilt was often a matter of necessity. You had to keep the family warm, or freeze to death. Frequently, you made do with what was on hand. You didn’t get to go to your LQS, or actually have a “stash”. You did what had to be done in order to provide for your family.
    In this day and age most of us don’t HAVE to make a quilt for the necessity of it…we have central heat / air, gas logs, and usually more bed linens they we know what to do with.
    This being said, I’d put a quilt on every bed in my home, (I just need to make enough to do that). I LOVE quilts! I enjoy the process of selecting my fabrics, color schemes, design / pattern layout, and most important, (to me), who the quilt is for.

    So, WHY do you quilt?

    Is it for the love of the craft?

    The ability to create what will hopefully be a piece of your family history?

    The joy it brings you?

    Artistic expression?

    So, Why Do You Quilt?
    ALL the above

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    i'm an artist and my medium is fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by alikat110
    For the pleasure of it!
    or, because I can....
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Would you believe I have a sign in my studio that says the same thing? I quilt, because I can. Great minds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Just.....because!!:)
    Ditto!

    It's a creative outlet that is functional in addition to pretty :)

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    I think quilting is my therapy. It is much cheaper that a psychiatrist. It makes me feel ilk an artist and it is relaxing.
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    It's the artistic creativity coming out of our fingers and brain. No one else has the same thoughts and abilities. It is so wonderful! God is good.

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    Its gives me something to do...love it. I am always amazed on how the fabric look once they are put together. Its a fun hobby...not cheap but so worth it.

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    I like creating something that is practical and gives aid and comfort to its owner.

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    I have to make things with my sewing machine. Quilting is something I can do with the sewing machine, so I quilt.

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    It takes me away like nothing else ever seems to! I have always loved fabric, so it works out great for me. It's my creative outlet, & I can do things on my machine that I can't do otherwise. I don't think it's a crazy question, but if someone doesn't quilt, they might, lol!....

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    I quilt/sew because my family says it keeps me out of the local bars and off the street corners...... Damn family I was having fun and miss the boys.... :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    Because......I can!!! And it beats housework!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I quilt/sew because my family says it keeps me out of the local bars and off the street corners...... Damn family I was having fun and miss the boys.... :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
    ROFLMAO :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoventryUK
    Because......I can!!! And it beats housework!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    How true, how true!!! :thumbup:

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    Because my co-worker told me I could do it! lol
    That is how I got started. From there I became addicted.

    It is an outlet of my creativity, artistic ability, and great therapy.

    It is also a hobby (that has become a business) that when I drop it or make a mistake it doesn't break! I used to do glass etching. Luckily I didn't break very many of the pieces I made but there is more of a call, request and use for quilts vs items that have been etched.

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    I quilt because I got tired of sewing clothes. I started to quilt because I thought it was something that was being lost from our heritage. WRONG! Who know so many of us were quilters! Then after the first quilt, I had such a sense of accomplishment and felt good about myself. For many years, I was not sure what my purpose in life was, other than wife, mom, sister etc... But after I did a couple of quilts for others and saw how many they enjoy them, I decided that that was my purpose... to make others feel good!

    I also quilt to relieve stress from a long day at work. I don't watch tv much so I quilt! Oh I quilt, so I don't do housework!!! lol

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    Obsessed with fabric.

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    I just love everything about it! All of the quilts I make go to charities (for children and adults). I guess you might say this is my way to bring something to a lot of people who are hurting right now.

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    I quilt 'cause I had a sewing machine already, and my mother gave me her stash (a 20' truck load) of old vintage fabrics, mostly cotton. Plus I had/have left over calico's from lots of costume making.

    So what do I do with all that? (should have given it away...!) But NOOOOO... I had to take up quilting!

    Now I'm hooked. Some days I just go into my sewing room and.... putter. For hours. Some days I sew a little too.

    I'm pathetic.... ! lol!

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    i fell in love with the quilts my great aunt put on my bed when i visited. and i've always loved to sew and make things out of things i already have. so it was a natural to me.

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