Monday, December 08, 2008

Why Do You Quilt?

That was a question asked by Judy of Patchwork Times fame.

While I was working in the studio on Sunday I turned that question over in my mind to see if I could get a concise answer.

I quilt for the same reason I knit and sew garment and bead and tat and do needlepoint and cross stitch.

When I hold a needle in my hand I am connected back through time with all the other women that have made their homes more cheerful and comfortable by stitching. I have one cross stitch sampler that says:

"In the rhythm of the needle there is music for the soul."

For me the rhythm of the needle is relaxation.

5 comments:

  1. Goodness! How many reasons do you want?!?? LOL

    Creativity and I LOVE to give away home made gifts to my family! And YES, I feel closer to my (deceased) grandmothers - both were quilters.

    And, I'm pretty darn proud of my creations... bloopers and all! LOL

    Rosa

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  2. I quilt because I need to create and it is a way of reaching out to others rather than always staying in the same enclave of friends.

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  3. After writing about this question myself, I asked others back in August of 2006. Here is a link to the post where I answered and asked - http://hardenbrookgirl.blogspot.com/2006/08/why-do-you-make-quilts.html

    Got some great comments. Lots of people answered on their own blogs too - unfortunately I don't have links to those posts.

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  4. Merrypal7:17 PM

    Why do I quilt?

    You do know the book by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

    That is the only way I can explain why. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling and a sense of pride.

    The more I quilt the better my work gets. Claudia

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  5. Hi Suze... I see you visit my blog. I quilt because it's a wonderful thing to do. My daughter loves my quilts, so does my husband. I read Judy every day, and I'll come back and visit you too! Happy quilting on the next Quiltathon!

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