Whenever I read quilter's blogs the first question I ask myself is, "Why do they do it?" What is it about quilting that makes people stick with it, unlike other crafts or hobbies that come and go with a whim? Anyone still make baskets out of grocery sacks and paper ribbon? I didn't think so.
After getting over my fear of quilting (about 6 months ago!) I have found that I really, really love it. It fills all of the right places in me, challenges my abilities and leaves me with something beautiful and, more importantly, lasting. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to take small pieces of fabric and assemble them together into something pretty and useful. The quilts I make today will still keep my family warm and dress their rooms years from now. Many years from now.
I tease my children with these words, "Guess what you're getting for Christmas from now on, and I mean forever- Quilts!" The response is usually an eye roll or groan, but deep down I think it makes them happy. After all, they will always have something to cuddle up in no matter how old they are. And, since I leave secret messages in the quilts I make for them, they will always have a hug from me even when they are far away.
That is the part for me that makes quilting different- I am creating something of worth. Not worth in a worldly sense, but a legacy created by my own hands for the ones I love. I don't see my kids hanging onto that paper ribbon basket. Well, actually, they can't because I didn't!
So, tell me, why do you quilt?