Do you ever wonder what happens to the quilts you've made? Have you gifted them or made them for family members? I think the highest praise a quilter can garner is to know that a quilt you made is well loved.
My youngest son and his wife recently moved to a larger townhouse. While my DH and I helped them move, something caught my eye.
I made this quilt for my son when he was seven or eight years old. He loved dinosaurs and slept with it every single night. About six years ago, when the backing became worn and areas pulled loose, I replaced the backing.
And there it was, folded and piled in his bedroom. It really sort of took me by surprise. I asked DIL about it and she said he sleeps with it every night. Awwwwww! I felt like it was a big hug from me :-)
When fall is in the air, don't you want to dig out your fall quilts?
I started this quilt several years ago, following a pattern by Thimbleberries. I quickly lost the pattern, and it sat unfinished. Recently I just decided to wing it, and put the cut pieces together and came out with this! I still have left over cut fabric, but if this is ever to get done it will have to be completed in a new style ;-)
A few days ago Mary Kate posted on Inside Quilters Newsletter her thoughts about losing her quilting mojo. The article gave me pause to think.
There have been many times when I've had such a burning desire to quilt, that everything else goes by the wayside. But of late, that has happened less and less.
One reason may be because I don't have quilting buddies available anymore. Time, families, and work pushed quilting to the bottom of the list. It was always fun to meet up with friends, find a pattern, and sew all day.
But just yesterday I was going through some old magazines, sorting them as keepers and give aways. There was an "aha!" moment as I leafed through a variety of magazines.
I think I've lost my mojo mostly because quilting times have changed. More and more quilters have lent themselves to modern quilting. Modern fabric, modern patterns, modern quilts.
So I find that what used to give me inspiration, now dampens my enthusiasm. I'm not saying I don't like the newer brighter fabric colors. It's just that I have always been a traditional quilter, and I'm not finding much encouragement anymore.
In our area, quilt shops are gearing up with more and more modern fabrics. Quilting magazines feature lots of modern patterns, applique and paper piecing. All of which I don't do.
Another thing I've noticed is the emphasis on long arm machine quilting. I don't know about you, but I don't own a long arm, and I don't even know anybody who does. So are the magazines pushing quilters to buy a long arm? There certainly are lots of helpful hints for longarmers.
Believe me, I'm not downplaying modern quilting. It's just not what I enjoy doing. I like my fabric to coordinate, my patterns to have symmetry, and my points to match. I'm just sharing my thoughts on losing my quilting mojo. We each have to enjoy what we are creating.
I do wish each of you Happy Quilting. No matter which kind you enjoy doing.
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