I have a strong passion for the world of fiber arts. In my portfolio you will find stacks of quilts ranging in design from traditional to improv. My fingers as well as my imagination are always pursuing the creation of new pieces. The burning desire that fuels my passion I hope will be active until the day I die. While at a gathering not long ago I was posed this question, “Why do you keep making quilts?” She didn’t understand my desire to continually add to my stash. In her opinion my inventory was excessive. To own more quilts than one has need for was unthinkable.
Her question kind of caught me off guard and because I’m not very good at thinking on my feet I kept my response simple…”because I like to.” Long after we parted company I kept thinking about her question. If I could go back and rephrase my response this is what I would say:
- Why do we breathe?
- Why do we eat?
- Why do we sleep?
Sewing, quilting, or whatever you want to call it is as necessary to me as any of the above activities. I do it because
- I like to
- It brings me joy
- This is my hobby
- This is my way of expressing my thoughts
- This is my creative outlet
- This keeps me going
- This gives me purpose
- Not to mention the blogging opportunities it provides 🙂 and
- My creations are conversation pieces, my voice
My connections to the outside world are limited, I have very few friends, and I travel very little. Expressing my creative voice through fibers is my way of interacting, although on a very limited scale, with humanity. It’s my lifeline! What more can I say! I’m an introverted person with and extroverted desire to paint with fabric.
Most of the quilts or art pieces that I make are small so they take up very little room. My dream someday would be to sell them to the public or perhaps have them on exhibit. In the meantime, their varied nature and/or appearance provide me with ample specimens to display in my home. I love being able to see them everyday. Their presence reminds me of the good times I have had. I plan on making my quilts and pursuing my art for as long as I am able.
Why do you make quilts? What is the maximum number of quilts you would make?