When I was about 30 I discovered the joy of quilting. I had someone teach me how to do the stitch and away I went, making one quilt right after the other.

In this bookcase I have folded quilts I began to make when I discovered the joy of quilting.

A Reader Asked Me About My Quilts:

I’m writing this because a reader asked me to talk about my quilts.

I haven’t quilted in some time. I had a car accident some years back and had to have thumb and wrist surgery. So arthritis ended quilting for me, though I dearly loved it.

I didn’t make the second one from the bottom in the above photo. But I hand sewed and hand quilted almost all my quilts. I did some applique as well.

There are others I’ve made but I won’t add them today.

Here is a smaller quilt rather than a full-sized one hanging on my dining room wall.

Quilting Is Relaxing:

Quilting is a very soothing hobby. One you can pick up and just set back down in your chair while you get a cup of coffee or something.

It’s nice to listen to the radio or a TV show while quilting.

In this photo I have miniature quilts on the wall. They are harder to make because of the small pieces you must handle.

The quilting stitch, once you get the hang of it, is really easy. Your aim is to make the stitches as small and as close together as possible.

I use to attend a quilting group at a church when I lived in Central Texas long ago.

A Quilting Group I Attended:

That was a wonderful time to catch up on news about the other ladies. And the older ladies taught the younger ladies about quilting and life while we were gathered around the quilt frame.

It makes it easier to talk about some things when your eyes are on your hands stitching and there’s little eye contact.

I rarely put the quilts that I put so much time into making on the beds or couch, due to the dogs. I usually just buy those from Penneys or somewhere cheap.

A quilt over a chair and a quilted pillow top shows my joy of quilting

Why It’s Important To Unfold & Refold Quilts:

If you have quilts folded up, you need to bring them out and refold them from time to time so that the fabric does not weaken at the folded area.

A quilt on the wall and one folded over a wicker chair shows the joy of quilting

If you would like a nice quiet meditative hobby, take up quilting.

You will have quilts to keep for your own use and quilts to hand down to relatives.

A yo-yo pillow I made. It is typically a quilting project.

I made this little yo-yo pillow during my quilting days. It has held up really well and I made it over 30 years ago.

My Advice If You Want To Learn To Quilt:

If you want to get into quilting, I advise you to go to a quilting shop and talk to some of the ladies. I use to be in hog heaven every time I had the opportunity to go to a quilt shop.

And now with the internet, there are lots of ladies to meet who enjoy this old-fashioned hobby.


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  1. I love old fashioned quilts and yours are beautiful my friend. I've never learned to quilt but I always say…some day! The closest store to my house is a quilt shop! I'm sure I would become addicted if I ever started! I'm sewing an easy project today….that is taking forever! lol Stay warm!

  2. I love making quilts too. I love the colors and the sewing of it especially the hand sewing. So sorry that you aren't able todo it anymore. The quilts you made are just wonderful

  3. All your quilts are beauties. Im a quilter. Fixing to get started back. Ordered some jelly rolls. They came in today. Question..do you still have your decoupoge lol for spelling… the red school desk?

  4. Beautiful quilts Brenda and such a shame that you can't carry on. I aim to make 2014 the year that I learn quilting as I have always wanted to do this and have made feeble attempts in the past. I will do as you say and visit a quilting shop to have a chat with them. Have a great week. Chel x

  5. Your quilts are beautiful! Learning to quilt is one of my goals for this year-just as soon as I get my sewing room squared away. Of course, this will involve organizing the "catch-all" room upstairs-another goal for this year and one I'd better get about doing!

  6. Hi Brenda. I love your quilts and I'm sorry you're not able to make any more. My mother was a quilter, mainly just simple ones, but she made so many and gave away so many. I inherited a bunch of them and cherish them.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. I always wanted to quilt, but never found the time. I did do a lot of needle work when I was younger. Like you, I don't think my arthritis would allow me to do it now. I guess I waited to long. I do have some pretty quilts, though. xo Laura

  8. I've always loved your quilts. I have a few old ones, a great one of butterflies I picked up in Cotton Plant, Arkansas one time! And a beautiful Amish wedding ring I love.

  9. You've done a great job using your quilts to brighten up your home! I live in very "quilt rich" environment with lots of quilters and shops to fulfill their needs. In fact, just before the holidays many stores got together to sponsor a shop hop–and it sure looked like a lot of fun (even for a non-quilter like me!). In August (the first weekend I believe) many church ladies donate quilts to the Kidron Mennonite Relief Sale–all proceeds of a two-day long quilt auction are raised for mission's work. I attended once and was amazed at the array of patterns and colors. Plus the food was GREAT!!! So…..ladies…..mark your calendars for an Ohio road trip this summer and experience "Amish country" as well as quilt festival event!

  10. All of your quilts are beautiful.

    I love to quilt both by hand and machine, but I haven't had space lately. Hopefully that will be changing soon.

    Thanks for the tip about folded quilts. I will unroll or unfold all my quilts and give them a breather.

  11. Your quilts are just beautiful, Brenda. What a shame that arthritis has robbed you of the pure pleasure of hand quilting. I quilted quite a bit at one time in my life but haven't touched it in years. Yours are much better than mine ever were though. I LOVE going to the quilting shows they have around here once in a while. Some of the quilts are truly AMAZING! xo Diana

  12. I'm so very sorry you can't quilt anymore, because of arthritis. The same thing is true of me. I truly treasure the memories of my time spent creating quilts.

    Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous! I'm in love with them all! The pillow is exquisite! A special thank you for sharing your works of art…

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