Quilting is a huge part of my life. When I am not writing, I am quilting in one form or another. That means I might be shopping for fabric, or cutting the pieces for a new quilt, or sewing those pieces together (actually called piecing), or sewing the top-batting-backing layers together which is the quilting process. There is a quilt in every room of my home, yes, one even hangs in the kitchen.
Most of the quilts I make are the bed type, to be used until they wear out. I give them as gifts for new babies, weddings and anniversaries. I also give them to my Veteran friends. The one below has the 13th Armored Division patch recreated for a WWII vet that belongs to one of the writing groups I attend. He was overwhelmed when he saw it. It’s the reaction of the people I give them to that makes all the hours of work worth it. To me it’s fun and rewarding.
An avid quilter like myself likes the creativity of the process. I hear some quilters say they can only work with colors they like. That doesn’t apply to me. I work with any color and I pick the fabrics for whomever the quilt is going to be given to. The quilt shop owners in my locale know me so when I was buying very dark, (boring to me) fabrics for a specific project they asked what I was making because the choices were not my usual fare. They take an interest, mostly because of how often they see me and how well I feed their cash register.
I also teach quilting classes and take quilting classes. I sew with three different groups of ladies. We call our gatherings sew days. One group is past students of mine, one is a group that met while taking a class and the third is my past fellow employees from a quilt shop that closed recently. We share tips and tricks of quilting, bounce ideas off each other about quilting, life and food. It’s our social network.
I have received multiple e-mails for quilt shop sales and special events tomorrow in celebration of National Quilting Day. It will be a great day to visit any quilt shop whether you are a quilter or not.