(antique Dutch quilt courtesy of Dutch Quilt Cat)
Post written by Lorrie Clark
Most of us here at Snappy’s have a heritage steeped deep in quilt making. Some can trace our love for quilting back to pioneer roots when quilts were carried west in covered wagons as essential elements of survival; and some of us hold remnants of old quilts in trunks, attics and even in pendants around our necks. Quilts, now threadbare, that are a reminder of who we are, where we came from, and the legacy we wish to leave behind. Some share our passion for quilting with mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, friends, but regardless of what brought us to quilting, it’s the why we quilt that unites us.
We quilt as a symbol of gratitude for those who have gone before us who quilted out of necessity, so that we could quilt for sheer pleasure.
We quilt as a symbol of hope, that our work will be cherished, valued, remembered when we are gone.
We quilt as a way to comfort, to give warmth, to express our love.
We quilt as a distraction. Many of us have turned to quilting in difficult times in our lives, to chronicle our experiences, to find relief, to simply get through what we could not in any other way.
We quilt because we have learned that creating beauty helps us see the world differently.
We quilt because we love the result, the beauty that comes from scraps of fabric and our heritage.
We quilt for all of these reasons and more, but mostly because we love what scraps of time and fabric combined with bits of ourselves creates: beautiful quilts.
Share with us why you quilt.
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