Why We Do The Things We Do

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post, maybe because I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words what’s been rattling around in my brain.  So, here goes…  Why, as quilters (and crafters in general), we do the things we do.

I’ve thought about the WHY behind many of my actions lately.
Why did I say yes to making that anniversary quilt with only 3 days to make it; start to finish, with many other projects on my “must-do” list?
Why did I give away that gorgeous fabric that I had been saving for that… (unknown) project that I’ve been meaning to get done?
Why did I spend all day talking to my girlfriend about fabric instead of actually making something with it?

The best (and only) reason I can come up with is… LOVE!

I give my time, my fabric, my creations and more of my time to people because I love them.  I love the good works they do, I love that they love their families enough to want to give them my quilts, I love sharing the love of fabric.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a connection to an amazing lady.  This lady gives in all the ways above (and more) to make quilts for Haiti.  That forgotten country (except when the earth quakes or the hurricanes roar) that we visit-adjacent when we go on our winter holidays.  This lady… Audrey, makes 100’s of quilts, by herself and sends them down with whomever will carry them in their luggage.  She spends coutless hours piecing, basting and quilting (BY HAND) each quilt!
Some are tied comforters, so I guess that’s a bit easier.  LOL!

I want to be like her some day.
I want to have the time (I certainly have the fabric) to make quilt after quilt for those I love and those I’ve never met.  I want to give wholly from my heart just like she does.

My family would disagree with this post, saying I give lots of quilts away, and I do.  I just don’t give enough away.  I don’t make enough to give.  Oh the plight of the maker… not enough hours in a day to make and make some more.

I’m betting you are just like me, feeling these same feelings and wishing for more hours to spread your love to others.  That my friend, is why I like you so much!  We are kindred spirits, you and I.  So, let’s stop this nonsense of reading and writing words down on a screen, and get to our sewing machines, glue guns, yarn and paper to make!

Thanks for letting me rant on this.
I’d love to know what you’re working on right now to spread your love.

Till next time…
Rita

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4 Responses to Why We Do The Things We Do

  1. I learned to give from my now-deceased mom. She had arthritis in many of her joints, but didn’t let that stop her from making afghans for a specific charity. When she was dying, I told her that I’d carry on her work. This organization never has enough afghans / quilts to give to those in great need (Haiti, Dominican Rep., etc.) Their problem is actually getting those items to the countries they support. Every time someone goes down to check on the progress of on-going projects, they take a suitcase full of items – and they pay for the added luggage themselves – but they can’t keep up with the need.
    Thanks for your inspiring / encouraging post!

  2. northernsue says:

    These words struck a strong chord with me today, describing how I feel, but couldn’t express! Thanks for sharing your heart & soul. Now quilt projects are calling! A fall runner for a runner swap that includes a machine embroidered panel surrounding by fall pineapple blocks; catching up on my Etoile Rouge blocks (about 12 behind!!!); a baby quilt for our newest grandson ( just finished his belly blanket) and enough fabric to go off on any other tangent I choose! Lol so far I haven’t kept any quilt I’ve made!
    Made quilt tops for Big Quilt Bee this spring & pillowcases for the displaced people in BC after the forest fires.
    My goal is to make more of these type of projects that benefit someone else & allows me to share my love of the craft!

  3. Yup, that’s what my neighbour does too. I think they could fill a shipping container full and still not meet the need. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Awesome! I hope one day you’ll make a quilt just for you! You deserve it.

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