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What Quilting Has Given Me

You may remember this quilt I made for my friend, Holly.  What you may not know is that I also made it for a challenge in my quilt guild.  Nothing like killing two birds with one stone.  The challenge was to make a quilt around the theme ‘What quilting has given me.’  We were to try a method we were not comfortable with.  I did a few inlaid seams.   I added a few charms.  And have a label.

My label read,

Made from blocks intended for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it’s a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned.  Healing blocks made by friends.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B.

Quilting has given me a creative outlet.  Nothing makes me happier than to turn on my favorite tunes and play with my scraps.

In addition quilting gives me a way to meet and connect with other quilters.  I find quilters are some of the best people.  They share; fabric, quilts and knowledge.

Quilting also gives me a way to give back.  Quilty Hugs is my way to bring hope and love to those fighting cancer.  My YouTube Channel and this blog allow me to help others on their quilting journey.  And Aunt Em’s Sew Along Adventure is my way of creating a safe place for quilters to learn and gather.

And there you have it what quilting has given me.  What has quilting given you?


  • Shari says:

    Quilting has given me a wonderful creative outlet and even more wonderful friends. And it's helped me deal with perfectionist tendencies (relax!). On my sidebar is a saying "If Plan A doesn't work out, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet". I like your quilt.

  • http://thankfullga447 says:

    Quilting has kept me sane. I am learning something new all the time. I am surprised at myself that I just love the creativity. I am a beginner quilter and I will always be. My quilts have grown for my charity and now I have a group of quilters helping me out. The love of sewing has spread and that makes me happy.

  • Nedra says:

    Lately I have been making test blocks, too. Great idea to save them all for one quilt. I would have to add that Quilting has also kept me sane. I tell my husband that we have saved thousands of $$ off therapy sessions! And I have met the nicest of people through quilting.

  • Lynn says:

    Lovely blogging friends and some real in person ones too! A connection to the past and some loved ones are no longer with me. And most importantly when there is so much craziness going on in my life walking into my sewing room is an oasis. Oh and don't forget the piles of fabric!
    Nice topic – I'm fortunate to have the ability and time to quilt, don't want to take that for granted.

  • Brenda says:

    I've gotten to play with fun fabrics and make stuff and meet fellow bloggers and be inspired by them. great plan B quilt!

  • Carrie P. says:

    what a fun quilt. quilting has given me an outlet to express myself through fabric and color.

  • Needled Mom says:

    That is such a great quilt and a wonderful idea to use up those orphan blocks.

  • audrey says:

    Peace of mind! lol Love re-directing my mind from the stressful issues of our life to pretty and/or quirky fabric choices designs. Great use of your orphan blocks. So fun to see.:)

  • Sarah Craig says:

    Quilting has given me a sense of purpose and a whole lot of wonderful new friends!!

  • hetty says:

    Quilting equals sanity for me. I love the history, but mostly it is the ability to express myself in fabric and the peaceful evenings doing handwork.

  • Browndirtcottage says:

    This quilt….I want it….I would take!! ha! The colors are right up my alley!!

    Quilting has given lots of fun with a little stress mixed in. It has helped me keep my brain working and going strong AND has brought me TONS of joy from all the bloggy buddies I have made. Wouldn't have happened if I hadn't started quilting!!

  • Purple Pam says:

    What a great quilt. Holly is a lucky girl to be receiving it. Quilting has given me friendships, creativity and joy, joy, joy. Also, a LOT of fabric!

  • chrisknits says:

    Oh my! Such a big week. Hope your daughter is better and all returns to normal.

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