Christa’s Soapbox – Why I Quilt

I have been thinking a lot lately about why I quilt.

From the moment I made my first quilt I was in love with this craft! That was almost 18 years ago, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I want to do!

I’ve read that to truly pursue your passion, you need to find your “voice.” I am still searching for my voice, but I do know that I have two different quilting personalities. The competitive side of me wants to make beautiful, knock-your-socks-off award winning original quilts that take hundreds of hours to complete.

The teacher side of me wants to create simple patterns that even the most novice of quilters can make in a weekend. So can I have such a split personality when it comes to quilting? I guess the answer is yes, because it makes me happy.

Sometimes I just want to finish a project in a hurry for the mere satisfaction of completion.  Other times I enjoy the ooh’s and ahh’s of my friends and fellow quilters when they admire my intricate machine work.

That is the beauty of quilting – at different times in my life I can go in totally opposite directions. But above all, it satisfies my need to create. That is why I quilt!

2 thoughts on “Christa’s Soapbox – Why I Quilt

  1. Susan says:

    I completely agree with you! Quilting is an excellent creative outlet…the sky’s the limit as to what I can do…love that!

  2. quiltingpiecebypiece says:

    I started quilting because I worked as a graphic designer and everything I did was for the newspapers (ads, mostly). I just NEEDED color and quilting allowed me to play with that.

    I understand the desire to create complex, intricate quilts, but I don’t do them for show. I actually don’t really know why I do them (sometimes it’s probably just to see if I can do them,) but I also love more traditional block patterns because then you can more easily play with color and pattern with a simpler design.

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