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    Why Do You Quilt?

    This may sound like a dumb question but I am curious what motivates you to quilt.

    I love to design. It is my first priority and my obsession. I love to use color and design to create what for me is a pretty to beautiful picture. I love to see things when they are done. It gives me a high to see what I have accomplished. but I struggle some through the assembling of the quilt blocks.

    I started quilting in 1980 when I was a stay at home mom with 3 kids and I was climbing the walls with boredom of being home all the time. I couldn't afford anything so I used old clothes and learned from shows on tv.

    I quilt because it is my outlet for my creative side. I have to quilt to express myself. If I couldn't quilt I would be doing something else as equally creative but Quilting is my first love.

    I wish I could say I do it to send quilts to charity but that is not my niche in needlecraft.

    I don't make quilts for my family or friends. I know that sounds awful but I am not a big quilt maker. I got into miniature quilting many years ago and I love love my minis. I love the challenge of making small to miniature quilts.

    So what motivates you to quilt?? Please share your story! Would love to know what your quilting journey is all about!

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    I began quilting when I retired. I picked quilting because of all the other sewing or creative hobbies this was one nobody in my family had ever done. I quilt because it stimulates my creative juices and using my hand.
    I have found out it is a wonderful escape for stress or depression as it keeps the mind thinking.
    Love it and I quilt for me my pleasure my challenge and I enjoyment .
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    I started quilting to keep people warm, myself, my husband, friends. I continue to quilt because it is an expression of my creativity. I like the comments I get from people about how I used the colors etc. It makes me feel good.
    Life is not a movie. No one is going to yell "CUT" when you make a mistake. - Anne L. Fulton

    I am from the South....39 miles south of Boston.

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    i quilt because to me it is so much fun to take a bunch of pieces
    and come out with some thing so beautiful.

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    I started quilting to combine my love of sewing and the memories of the comfy feeling of sleeping under handmade quilts. I continue to quilt because of the satisfaction when design, color, method and completion come together. I like to make things for my loved ones, my home and others. And, in my sewing room, I get to be in charge!!!lol

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    I'm a new quilter, but have been sewing since I was a child. Quilting combines my love of fabric and creativity.

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    ​Quilting is my creative outlet.

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    Oh My, I don't know if I quilt because I breathe or I breathe because I quilt. Been doing it since the mid 70's. Have never been bored with it or needed to take a break from it, my creative juices are always flowing. Of course I spend more time making quilts now ( everyday ) than I did when raising my 3 daughters. It took longer to make a quilt back then. It is my passion and I love it all, especially hand work, its so relaxing. I love to piece, applique and love to make traditional Crazy Quilts. Quilting is what I do, and who I am.

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    I have always loved the process of taking basic materials and create. I also weave baskets, crochet, and garden. I do not have any quilts made by an ancestor and I wanted that for my children My love for quilting is driven by the unbelievable variety of fabric and patterns. Who doesn't have a list of future projects and a need for one more yard of fabric? The satisfaction and challenge I find in my sewing room is a fulfilling part of my life.
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    This is a great moment to reflect... I started quilting after Momma passed, unfortunately... It really couldn't be helped. She and Daddy had moved to where my younger sister settled when she was in her late 60s and went ASAP to the local fabric store, which happened to be a quilt shop.. She got hooked right then after sewing for herself and my three sisters (and even Daddy occasionally!)... But I was teaching, our kids were in full swing late elementary and middle school. So for all those years I simply did not have time... We often talked about the quilting. Momma said "You'll love it when you can..." A friend who was in virtually the same situation and I began to talk one day about it. Our kids had all gone off to college and we took a quilting class from a woman who quilts exclusively by hand... cuts out the "old" way... piece by piece. She and I loved that process because we both love hand work... but then we stumbled across a wonderful LQS in OKC (we'd only been in the big box fabric stores until then...) where they offered a beginning quilting class. We were hooked... Just yesterday, she and I and another quilting friend spent the day in my dining room all working on something....
    But this still doesn't answer the question... I quilt because it is creative... I love creating something... I'm not a designer... and not particularly good at choosing fabrics... but I know how to get help. And so far, even though none of my quilts are perfect (not by a LONG shot!), every one has been loved and cherished... I simply love every step of the process! Even going to garage sales to find 100% cotton shirts and other fabric...

    Well, it's been fun to reflect... Even though there are quilt police out there... I think they really are few and far between... It just seems to be that quilters are special people...
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    this is probably the closest to how I feel.
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    During my 'working' years I mostly knitted, but was always trying other creative pursuits, oil, painting, pottery, tatting, some crochet (but I like knitting better), did a lot of hardanger, (Norwegian embroidery.) When I retired I began quilting and can't seem to stop. I love putting things together and taking the challenge of seeing what I can do. I think if I had been a man I would have been a carpenter. One thing I haven't done, but would still like to, is welding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QltrSue View Post
    I started quilting to combine my love of sewing and the memories of the comfy feeling of sleeping under handmade quilts. I continue to quilt because of the satisfaction when design, color, method and completion come together. I like to make things for my loved ones, my home and others. And, in my sewing room, I get to be in charge!!!lol
    This is why I quilt. I grew up with homemade quilts and remember the love that went into them. Maybe my mom quilted to get a little peace from 5 kids. Anyway, it's one of my fondest memories from childhood and I would love to replace all the store bought quilts and blankets with homemade ones.

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    Quilting sort of found me. From very young my hands were always my best feature. Everyone knew there was talent in them but with no focus or direction or mentor for me I was left to my own devices to discover the world on my own terms.

    I have explored many creative outlets from wood working, embroidery, flower arranging, oil painting and on and on. I dabble in everything. Quilting stuck to me after I discovered Alex Anderson on TV. So much color, texture, variety and best of all it was my own. No teacher or relative telling me how to do it except for basis how to, so it became my own discovery and I do it my way and no one tells me I did anything wrong 'or right'. Just mine all mine. Sounds selfish, maybe. But that is the way it is. It gives me great satisfaction to be creative.
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    because if sat down in my chair without something in my hands I will be asleep in no time. HA HA HA. I quilt because I can make some thing to keep my loved ones warm with all the love I put in the quilt.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    Great question. For years I watched Simply Quilts while I ate breakfast before work. Never in a zillion years did I ever even have a thought of actually doing it, even though I sewed and some of it looked doable. Then I retired and out of the blue one of my sons said "now you can make me a quilt". What? He didn't live at home this wasn't a show I talked about to him or anyone really. I said "I don't know how to quilt" and he said "well, you are retired so you can learn". Put the thought in my head. Found a quilting class and my first quilt was flannel, 3 inch squares. After that made him a microfiber quilt with fleece as batting, on point, king size, using a dinky mechanical Brother machine. It was stitch in the ditch and even that was a challenge with king size. But, I got through it, he loved it, and I kept on with the class. Turns out I really enjoy making them. So I guess the answer is I quilt for my own pleasure, even though I have given some quilts away.
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    I started quilting in the early 60s, because my Very Dear Grandmother quilted. I grew up seeing the beautiful quilts she always had in her hand quilting frame. (which my grandfather made for her, and I am fortunate enough to own now) So, I guess quilting just came naturally to me. When I'm working on a quilt, I often think of my grandma, stitching away, and grandpa setting close by, puffing on a pipe. Quilting brings back so many grand memories.

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    Quilting saved my life, literally. During a very bad time in my life I saw a quilt show on TV that inspired me to make a memory quilt for my children. The memory being me. You get the picture. Long story short, they loved it, encouraged me to make more and I'm still here. It gave me something to do with all the misplaced emotions and energies. I guess you could say I quilted away my worries and stress. Quilting replaced the prescribed medicines to keep me sane. I'm now prescription free and what some would call somewhat sane....LOL. Years later I read John Flynn's bio and he too battled with depression and his quilting and classical music help him through it. For those of you that don't know John look him up. It made me feel better to know that I wasn't the only crazy quilter out there!

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    My gramma could do anything, including quilting. I grew up with quilts, thanks to her. But, I started quilting because we bought a new pillow top kind size bed back before the store bought comforters caught up with the oversized mattresses. After buying and returning 3 comforters, I thought 'I can fix this!'.

    So, my first project was a king sized quilt. I bought three different sets of fabric, started several different patterns--the first 3 were 8 point star out of diamond type, until I finally admitted as a novice an Advanced pattern might not be the best idea! We slept under that quilt for about 15 years. I have been quilting ever since. I made a new one for our bed last year.

    I quilt for peace. My peace. I love giving them as gifts, it makes me feel good! But really, it is the stress relief. In fact, I will sometimes tell my family I am in detention, this means they can't bother me. And, every now and then my DH will 'send' me to detention, which means take some time for you.

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    I have always crafted, but sewing was my first love. 20 years ago the quilting bug bit and I had gotten more and more into it. Now quilting is my only love. I have always said quilting is my therapy, and it is. If I sit down in the evening to watch TV, I fall asleep if my hands aren't busy.
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    I have always crafted, but sewing was my first love. 20 years ago the quilting bug bit and I had gotten more and more into it. Now quilting is my only love. I have always said quilting is my therapy, and it is. If I sit down in the evening to watch TV, I fall asleep if my hands aren't busy.
    Sue

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    Sorry for the double post.
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    I've always had some sort of creative expression going on - from hand stitched doll clothes as a child, to making many of my clothes, to lots of counted cross stitch, to crocheting and knitting, to dabbling in various other crafts (always involving yarn, thread or fabric). Fascinated by color and design. Finally really got into quilting a few years ago and now I can't stop! My favorite part of the process is seeing the pieces come together into a beautiful design. Have finally acknowledged that it is the designing and piecing that I love, and that I just muddle thru the quilting part because that's what it takes to have it completed.

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    I love the color and creativity of quilting. I used to make my own clothes and my kids clothes too but the quilting bug bite and that is now a passion for me.

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    We lived with one GM and in Winter she went up to the attic to quilt. It was a gathering of her friends laughing and eating as well as quilting. Mom worked in a bank so GM taught me to sew on an old treadle machine. Majored in Home Ec in HS and College. My BFF{ we have been friends now for 70,years } back about 1980 said " Come with me to a quilting circle". I went and listened to the program but was a working single Mom of 4 so had little time for myself. I continued to go listen and learn and was a Charter member of Quilters Guild Acadianne Upon moving to Baton Rouge[my 2gs lived her now added 2 GD} I joined another Guild. Remarried in 2011, bought a house in 2012, and retired. NOW HE ENCOURAGES ME TO HAVE FREE TIME TO quilttttttttt.Found QB and love the Doll Quilts. That way I van create, make, and Complete a quilt. Hugs

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