Sunday, January 2, 2011

What Kind Of Quilter Are You?

I am a slightly edgy quilter and I know I am not the only one. What does that mean??? Well for me, it means that I have a slightly competitive nature. I'll buy a really weird piece of fabric for no reason. I'm somewhat impulsive when it comes to quilting. I can't just make a quilt...I have to be moved emotionally in some way in order to make and complete a quilt. A few years ago I was making quilts on consignment...I finished 2 quilts. It was the most painful process because the pattern and color was chosen by someone else. I guess quilting needs to move me on a visceral level. My last consignment quilt was a tee shirt quilt for a football coach at U of O and included his high school football jersey...I was shaking while cutting into his tee shirts. So, what kind of quilter are you? I think it is an important question to ask because otherwise quilting can become a frustrating addiction.

For a vast majority of people who DO NOT quilt when you say you are a quilter they get this look of either incomprehension or they have just made an adjustment about what kind of person you are...aren't quilters little 'ol ladies who sit around and make quilts and just give them away? Have you every had some ask you to make them a quilt and they do not have any comprehension of the time and money it takes to make a quilt. Like, "hey...can you make a quilt this week for a niece of mine who is having triplets?"

Each year I quilt I get a clearer picture of what makes me happy. I think 2011 is going to be my banner year because I know I was "Born to Quilt!"

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