Monday, October 22, 2018

Quilting teaches me.... Why

A question rather than a virtue. But being able to understand why we do something is sort of like having a virtue. Right?

"The Quarry" a Quilty 365 project completed in Dec 2017 Whatever. It's got to be a good thing in some mind or manner. So we'll go with that. Which brings me to the question of why? Why do we do some things and not others? Why do I go into the studio alone, sometimes without purpose or reason? Why do I sew at all? And make quilts, of all things, in the Louisiana summer. Why even quilt? Yes, that why.

If you're reading this post, you probably already know many of my answers: 
    A modern Dresden Plate quilt.  I don't remember the name, and it sold at its first show, where apparently it also won a ribbon.
  •  the opportunity to create, to make, something useful is part of who I am. I have to be a maker. I just happen to be a quilter. I've tried other ways of creating but always return to quilting. 
  • the soothing comfort and love of a quilt speaks to my soul. If you want to make something for someone, a quilt will do every time. 
  • the opportunity to make quilts and other items for my family seem to be endless. I may "complain" about having too many small, "do this for me, please" projects, but the honest truth is I appreciate and love them. Sewing is a way to show that love.
  • the colors, textures, even the smells of fabric are tangible. I know them and their familiarity keeps me centered. 
  • I want to quilt. 
"He Loves Me" an original design from Mary Marcotte of Fleur de Lis Quilts.  This is a more modern version of the quilt.  www.fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.comThat last one. That's the real reason I quilt. I just want to. Even when I'm having a bad day and can't seem to turn the machine on, no matter the reason. I still want to quilt. 

I still want to create and make. I still want to see, touch, smell fabric. I want to share my passion with others. I want to feed my soul. I want to quilt. 

1 comment:

Karen S said...

All great answers to Why?
As to quilting when living in a hot climate - you are not on your own there. Maybe 100 years ago it would be an influence, but not now.