Quilting can be challenging. It can be a daunting hobby to learn. It can be expensive to buy tools, fabric, batting. But for certain people, it can be a joyous hobby, a creative way to earn a living, a resource of personal growth and artistic expression.
In the photo below, I am machine quilting with the quilt rolled up and draped over my shoulder to allow me to work on the few inches right at the area near the needle.
What are my top 10 reasons to quilt? This list will help you think about your top ten reasons.
1. The entire process of quilting provides me with an active meditation.
2. To design a new quilt absorbs me. I love the struggle of figuring out which fabrics look good together and what quilt design will be the best to expresses a desired artistic concept.
3. This news just in from studies concluded in the UK: quilting is better than brain training for holding off memory problems. Quilting is a way to keep learning new things, techniques, short cuts, new patterns, different blocks, all of this is making new pathways in the brain, which has been found to be an effective proactive way to hedge against Alzheimer’s dementia.
4. I like the math involved in figuring yardage, backing, borders. It is straight-forward math. I love doing it myself, only using a calculator to check my work. (And sometimes I figure wrong)
5. I adore the variety, textures, colors, style found in all cotton fabrics, love the feel of a new yard of fabric, the drape and heft in my hand.
6. I love the incredible sense of accomplishment I feel when I create something. Where there was a blank wall or a bed without character, there is now a new creation.
7. It is a great feeling to have good tools – the correct ruler, the sharp rotary cutting blade, the right height cutting table and mat, a sewing machine that does a great job, munching its way through 3 layers of the quilt “sandwich” when machine quilting. Hey ~ Chicas like great tools too!
8. Completing a project. Unlike personal growth, which goes on and on throughout life, a quilt has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Although I am the first to admit I put off completing binding as long as I can. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, lets don’t psychoanalyze that to death!)
9. The weight of a personally made quilt is a comforting feeling to pull over oneself on a chilly night. Several may be even better for a very cold night!
10. To design a new quilt absorbs me. I love the challenge of figuring out which fabrics look good together and what quilt design will be the best to expresses that concept.
AND A SPECIAL BONUS:
11. At it’s best, quilting feels like artistic expression and I LOVE that! What is not to love?