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As long time readers know I'm a multi-generational quilter. Both grandmother's quilted, my mom quilted, my aunt and uncle quilted. I suspect both great-grandmother's quilted as well. I know one sewed because I have her sewing machine. So quilting has always been around me. I even made a quilt when I was a kid. Then my worse nightmare happened. My mother died of breast cancer. I was 14 and I swore I would never make another quilt.
I swore up and down I wouldn't quilt. My Grandma Green would just shake her head. She knew, some day, I would make another one, I would probably make many more. She said I would never be happy until I made one. See the one thing I didn't stop doing was watching quilting shows. Every Saturday I would still turn on our local PBS and watch whatever quilting shows they aired. I denied it was because I was interested, insisting it was strictly because there was nothing else on. It didn't matter that we had 100 chanels nothing else was on that I wanted to watch.
When I got married grandma encouraged me to make a quilt. I started a log cabin quilt. I never finished it. I know now why I didn't finish that quilt. I wasn't making my quilt. I was still making my mom's quilt. It was so 1990s that it wasn't funny. I hated it and I didn't finish it. I'm not sorry about it either. If I hadn't started that one, reminding me that I could do it, I wouldn't be writing this today.
I finished my first quilt since my mom died after taking a Craftsy class. It was a pixelated photo quilt. It was so unlike anything my mom would have made. It also proved my grandma right. Something deep inside of me woke up. My soul was soothed. I felt a connection to my mom and both grandmas like I had never felt before. I was hooked, I'd found my own quilting voice. I had an outlet.
So why do I quilt? I quilt to honor my past. The women and men in my family that I watched create who never pushed but always encouraged me to do the same. I quilt to soothe my soul. I quilt to inspire others so that the art of quilting never dies. I quilt because I now know that I can make those traditional patterns in my style. I quilt because if I didn't I would be miserable deep inside.
Tell me why you quilt below. We all have a story.
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