Marcia Harmening came to my local quilt shop today and I just happened to be in there to purchase some fabric for a new quilt I'm making. There were quite a few women there to hear her talk about her quilts. She had lots of quilts to share and I popped in the back room for a few minutes while the ladies cut my fabric. Several things came to mind as I listened and watched the people who were watching.
I've never seen most of the people who came to hear this author at the quilt shop before. I started thinking, what motivates people to quilt? I'm sure for every person there, each one has a different story. I'm sure some quilt to make gifts for others, some quilt to make beautiful art, some quilt to bring comfort and some quilt because it is a relaxing way to spend extra time.
It can be an expensive hobby, or it can be thrifty, if you use recycled fabrics and hand me down, recycled clothing.
I often wonder what makes people like me make charity quilts and give them away and what makes people like the lady today make dozens of quilts and hang onto them, drag them all over the country and show them off.
So, how did you get started quilting? What motivates you? What keeps you going back again and again? The colors, the finished quilts, the friends you make?
I often wonder what people who don't quilt do with all the time in their day? Do they spend all day cleaning their houses? What a sad life they must have!
Thanks for taking a minutes to help me learn a little more about what motivates quilters.