I have loved learning how to quilt. I started first when I was little and I would go to church with my Grandmother and the other ladies as they sat around a table at a Quilting Bee. They would work for hours and sit there and just talk about their lives. I have never known them to expect anything for these amazing quilts. They just did them because some one was in need or because a new baby was born. Still I realized at a young age that every Quilt has a Story!
This quilt below had a very special story. It was made for a dear friend who had a great loss in her life. We as a group of ladies at church wanted to do something for her to let her know of our love and support. I even prayed hard when I was doing the free motion quilting on this quilt ( because I am not very good at it ), I prayed that I would be able to do a great job on it. And I have to admit, it was one of the best free motion quilting I have ever done up to that point or ever since:) I probably should have prayed that I could keep the talent forever 🙂
I loved this article that I found about the history of Quilts. I found it HERE:
Quilt Me a Story by Susan Meeske
“Quilting is a craft that has roots deeply sown into the heart of America. Surviving quilts that date back to the early and mid-1800s are reminders that quilts are an important part of our heritage. Quilts originally were of a utilitarian nature. They protected people from the cold. They were used as door and window coverings. New babies were wrapped in quilts when they were born and many young babies were wrapped in a special quilt when they died. Quilts provided warmth and comfort to the sick and disabled. They could be folded and used as cushions in a wagon or slung over a clothesline and used as a play tent for children. Quilt making was a skill that men or women could enjoy singularly or collectively. It was a means to escape from the isolation of their lifestyle and it allowed them the artistic freedom to express themselves. The quilts produced by our ancestors told stories about their lifestyles that could not be captured by pen and paper. Every quilt we see today, regardless of when the quilt was made, relates a story. The types of fabrics, the design of the quilt, the signature of the quilter, all reveal a intimate story of the woman or man who made the quilt. This discussion is about the use of quilting as a medium for storytelling by our ancestors and how contemporary story quilts can be integrated into a Whole Language curriculum in the classroom. First, there is an explanation of quilting as a means of expression and storytelling by women in American history, plus illustrations of how different cultures have influenced American quilting. Second, there are two examples of Q story-web quilting. The story-web quilting process blends storytelling through quilting with the writing skills taught using Whole Language exercises in a classroom”
So yes, every quilt (and I think even every Gift) that you make for someone… has a special story. Then it means something to you and to them. That truly is a win win!
Good Night dear friends!
And remember to do something you love every day and then share it with a friend!