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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.