Why do you quilt?

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My little cousin once asked me why I quilted.  It was an interesting  
question, and I've been pondering it.  Decided to set up a poll on my  
blog to address this question.  I would love to hear from all of you  
lovely and talented RTCQ quilters.  If you could spare a moment, please  
come and take the poll.

Thank you!
Michelle in Nevada

http://thedesertquilter.blogspot.com/

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I think I quilt because I love colors. Even when I was a little girl,
I was more interested in
taking a book and "fanning" it to see all the beautiful colors blur
together than I was in
reading it. I thought tempera paint was the most awesome thing about
grade school, well,
that and a 64-count set of Crayons (had to have magenta, midnight
blue, and brick red)
My 30 year career was in advertising design (newspaper). I had to quit
work at 46, and I
felt like I had a hole in my life because I had no creative outlet.
I drug out my mother's 15-91, which I did not even know how to thread,
and I taught myself
to piece tops, then to handquilt, mostly from books.
I came from a long line of quilters. My great-grandmother created
beautiful, colorful, quilts
from feed sacks and scraps. I never met her, but I know every one of
those quilts. My
grandmother also quilted--her quilts were scraps from the dresses she
made my sister
and I, and our two cousins.
The first time I set up her quilting frame (she was long dead by
then), I felt this odd feeling that
I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.  I wasn't too far
into the quilt when I
realized I was sewing with my tongue sticking out and folded down over
my lip. Exactly
like my grandmother. It was totally unconscious on my part, but the
realization was sort of
like approval from her!

Sherry

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I quilt because it makes my arms long.
    I can hug a little fellow so far away that I can't spell the name of the
place or find it on a map.
I can snuggle him in soft, warm happy.  A blanket would almost do the same
thing but a quilt says 'somebody loves me'.  Polly




"Sherry" <I think I quilt because I love colors. Even when I was a little
girl,
I was more interested in
taking a book and "fanning" it to see all the beautiful colors blur
together than I was in
reading it. I thought tempera paint was the most awesome thing about
grade school, well,
that and a 64-count set of Crayons (had to have magenta, midnight
blue, and brick red)
My 30 year career was in advertising design (newspaper). I had to quit
work at 46, and I
felt like I had a hole in my life because I had no creative outlet.
I drug out my mother's 15-91, which I did not even know how to thread,
and I taught myself
to piece tops, then to handquilt, mostly from books.
I came from a long line of quilters. My great-grandmother created
beautiful, colorful, quilts
from feed sacks and scraps. I never met her, but I know every one of
those quilts. My
grandmother also quilted--her quilts were scraps from the dresses she
made my sister
and I, and our two cousins.
The first time I set up her quilting frame (she was long dead by
then), I felt this odd feeling that
I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.  I wasn't too far
into the quilt when I
realized I was sewing with my tongue sticking out and folded down over
my lip. Exactly
like my grandmother. It was totally unconscious on my part, but the
realization was sort of
like approval from her!

Sherry


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Oh Polly!
You said it so beautifully!
Me too, I quilt with love.
Michelle G.

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I went to your poll but ended up not taking it because I couldn't find
the answer that quite fit! :)  I quilt because it gives me a good
feeling to do so.  I like touching the fabric, watching  a project go,
and just "losing myself" in the whole process.  It's not always
creative, or self-expression.  It's just enjoyable.

On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 18:17:07 -0800, "Michelle C."

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I quilt because I can't write anymore. I quilt to remind myself to get
up every morning. I quilt for the color and the texture so that I can
find pleasure in a day that may otherwise be filled with pain and
sickness. I quilt to give my life meaning.

I found quilting at a time when I was losing everything else in my
life (except for the three people who actually love me the most). I
grabbed onto it and it kept me from drowning. I may never be more than
an adequate quilter, but I love being immersed in color and I love
watching a quilt come to life under my foot feed.

Sunny

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'Cause it's legal, non-fattening, and cheaper than Bingo! (or so I
tell my DH)

Frances


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It keeps me out of the bars, here in town. Oh Wait. This is a dry
town. Damn, now how am I going to justify all this fabric to my wife?
John

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Hey.  I'm on that one.  'It keeps you from supervising her'.  She'd probably
encourage you in just any pursuit so long as you don't follow her around and
suggest better ways of doing things.  Polly

"John" <
It keeps me out of the bars, here in town. Oh Wait. This is a dry
town. Damn, now how am I going to justify all this fabric to my wife?
John


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