Monday, 9 July 2012

Why Quilts are So Special

Have you ever half thought of making a quilt, but decided your sewing skills weren't good enough, that you can't sew that accurately or that it would cost a lot of money and you might make a mistake?
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the feeling that you need to make a quilt that is spectacular, rather than ordinary for it to be of any worth?
We walk into quilt stores today and see designer fabrics from floor to ceiling, wall to wall. We spend hours making small decisions over whether a fabric fits into our colour scheme.
But, unless we are making that quilt purely for the personal artistic or technical challenge (and there is nothing wrong with doing just that!) then we are forgetting the point of that quilt.
It will sit on someone's bed and be loved - and the less than perfect bits will be loved just as much as the rest!
I bet you can remember exactly what your bed cover looked like and felt like as a child. I used to run my fingers through the troughs of the candlewick design on mine - it was a golden yellow colour. As I think about it I'm transported right back to my childhood bedroom and the morning sun is flooding in - it's a good feeling.
A quilt can bring much more than physical comfort. It will hold love and memories, and if it is made from fabrics that already have a history those memories will be even stronger. A quilt made and given will love will help someone through the sad times in their life and enrich the good ones - no matter what it is made of or how well it is sewn.
If this has struck even the tiniest chord within you, then sit down with a cuppa and spend the next 12 minutes watching this:
Oma's Quilt
I hope it warms your heart, put's life in perspective and makes you get out those scraps and make a quilt - not an awesomely inticate, designer fabric quilt - just something simple for someone you love, or for a charity that will give it to someone in need of some love.
Whatever you do - have a good day!

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