Benefits of Quilting
This week has been pretty special. I have had a few people contact me and ask that I make a t-shirt quilt for them. What is so special about that? My youngest daughter (7) saw all of the t-shirts I am to turn into a quilt and immediately grabbed a pencil and piece of paper and started drawing out her own tshirt quilt. This got me thinking about all of the extra benefits of quilting besides my own personal joy.
Let me start by saying that quilts bring joy. They have a story of their own. Emotion, sincerity, and love are poured into a quilt. Quilts are made with a specific purpose. They welcome new life, commemorate a lost loved one, preserve memories of a time that has passed. The reasons and possibilities are endless. I am personally able to create something that will last a lifetime and could pass from generation to generation. What could possibly be better?
Speaking of generations, quilting is a tradition that can be passed. I know there are plenty of people out there that picked up quilting on their own accord, but I am not one of those. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for watching my mother create beautiful quilts for years, I never would have picked it up. It is a shared interest that my mother and I can and do bond over. Even though I am an adult with my own family, I am still learning from her.
So here is the best part for me. It is a tradition that I can pass on to my children. As they watch me create, they have found the desire to create. Who knows what the future holds for them, but I am grateful that the seed has been planted. That in an age where technology reigns supreme, there is a desire to drown out the background noise. They are learning patience, math, design, creativity, and sincerity by the simple act of quilting.