The Joy of Quilting

The Joy of Quilting

You remember that cookbook “The Joy of Cooking”? It was ubiquitous when I was growing up. Full of stuff we’d never eat today. Since I was a kid, for me, the joy of cooking was really in the eating…My dad would take a recipe from that cookbook, modify it in some way and serve up the tastiest meals.

Similarly, for me the joy of quilting is in the using. I’m not a quilter, but I love the results of someone who is. I prefer projects that are quicker and involved bigger pieces. I’m not into small details…but I appreciate the skill and expertise of those who are.

The Joy of Quilting

Your imagination is the limit

What amazes me about quilting is the amazing patterns. Everything from Acorn to Zig-Zag and everything in between. I find it fascinating that using the same pattern, but different fabrics can generate such different, yet similar, quilts. Each one is personalized and special.

To me, quilting harkens back to a previous era…to our roots. And that fact makes me wish I could get into it the same way I have knitting or spinning yarn. I appreciate modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing, but have always felt pulled to master more basic skills.

Family tree

Another thing I love about quilting, and quilts in general, is that they can capture and carry a personal or family history. They tell a story. By using blocks made from worn clothing or other well-loved items or new fabrics that represent something, quilts become a means of carrying history forward.

Quilts are works of art. I think most people think of them as something to put on a bed and a way to keep warm. That’s true, but they’re also works of art. If a quilt is used to capture a story or family history, a better display might be hanging on a wall or displaying on a rack. This way, they preserve the story and act as a conversation starter so the story can be shared.

I may not be a quilter, but I love quilts. The sense of history and a hint of romance. I find them inspiring and feel they connect us to our roots, What’s your joy of quilting?

2 Comments

  1. Hi, Sarah! I love making quilts; they are my favorite part of sewing. The joy for me is in the planning and the patchwork– I don’t love the quilting part nearly as much.

    I’m commenting because you mentioning the Joy of Cooking is such a strong synchronicity that I thought I’d share this with you: I just read all about the history of that book this weekend. It inspired me to write my own cookbook, in fact. Did you know that Mrs. Rombauer was a single mother who wrote and self-published that book in 1931 in order to support her family? She handled every part of it herself, including the original cover drawing of St George and the dragon. Publishing giant Bobbs-Merrill picked it up for mass market publication several years later. Though it has been re-imagined and revised several times through the years, that book has been continually in print from then to now. It supported a few generations of the author’s family, so I’d say that was a super strong idea.

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