Today, I had a shock. I found out my hubby was using one of the quilts I'd made for my son, when he was an infant, as a dog quilt. It was a simple quilt, just a piece of train fabric, and I'd hand quilted around all the trains. Offended doesn't even begin to cover it. I think the dog will survive with a thrifted quilt originally purchased at ChinaMart.
All of my quilts got pulled from the closet and will go into hiding, just in case. Not that my family really uses them much - we all have big comforters that are warmer and lighter. I began to wonder why I made so many. I think my Sis Boom quilt will be the last big one I make, for me.
And I've already made quilts for everyone I know. Last Christmas [never to be repeated, I don't recommend it...at least, not when you start in October]. I'm sure charities will appreciate my quilts more.
But what about small quilts? I've made so many, and I dearly love them too. For me, a quilt isn't just for cuddling....it's also art. No matter WHAT it looks like, it's art. From traditional patterns, to whimsical patterns, to abstract and stitchery designs. When I have a blank corner I want to warm up with color, a small quilt fits the bill.
pattern from Jenny of Elefantz, words added by me
pattern by Dawn of As Sweet As Cinnamon
And then there are the quilts I rescue. From thrift stores, from estate or garage sales, it grieves me to see someone's handwork tossed aside [take note, family]. If the item is within my budget, I rescue it.
Quilts don't have just one use - they can warm your body or warm your soul. They can create a mood in a room and in a family. They can cheer you up, make you think, give you a giggle.
Every quilter has the soul of an artist. Whether you're creating your own design or making one that was perfected 200 years ago, you're an artist. Every quilter has the curiousity of a child and the patience of a saint. Some are perfect, some are not; all are creations that spring from a deep place in the heart that holds a wellspring of joy.
Right now, we're celebrating the Blogger's Quilt Festival, an amazing brainchild of the amazing Amy. I'm hoping to visit each and every quilt in the coming week[s]. Every quilt tells a story, and every quilt is a work of art. Sometimes I feel like an amateur, viewing these wonderful creations. But it's not about skill level, it's about sharing an art form. Some are very large, meant to warm another - some are very small, meant to warm all who see it.
Big or small, I love them all. Look at your precious hands, and go create something. And if your family doesn't appreciate it, you'll know that those who create with you will.