Stitching - Why We Do What We Do

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sometimes it is good to remember why we do what we do. I quilt because I enjoy it. I give my quilts away because I hope other people will enjoy them too. This is part of the blogg

When I heard that Quilts were being gathered for Christchurch I sent one too. I couldn’t imagine how much it would make someone’s day. This comment from Chris, who received one of my quilts, meant a lot to me so I thought I should share it:

Hi Amy, I'm a friend of Cat's and she has told me that the quilt she sent me was made by you. I just don't know how to thank you... I live just outside of Christchurch and as you would know the last month hasn't been much fun. To recieve a gift made with such thought and love has been humbling and I am so so grateful and appreciate so much the work that went into it. I couldn't send Cat an email for several days after I received as every time I went to sit down and write something I burst into tears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. With much love and gratitude, Chris

The quilt above was posted to a friend last week. Her house was severely damaged in the February quake. It’s their wedding quilt backed with messages from the guests that helped celebrate their wedding 5 years ago. The pattern is very aptly bricks – as every one fell off her house.

I've chosen this quilt as my part for the the Quilt Festival because it is special to me. I could talk more about patterns, colours, designers but for now it is just nice to stop and remember – this is why I do what I do. It motivates me. It keeps me going.

How about you? Why are you picking up the needles, threads, children, recipe books? What keeps you going? What is it you enjoy doing, and why?

Amy's Creative Side

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  1. I really like this quilt--love the colors. And sent to a good cause

  2. I have to admit I'm struggling at the moment, I've so many projects started but not the energy to carry on with any of them. We clean up after an aftershock and then seem to just mope around waiting for the next one. The kids start school in the dark but don't seem to get home any earlier with all the 'organised' activities cunningly designed to keep them off the street. We're all so tired. Your quilts are beautiful.

  3. Awesome job! Its a wonderful quilt.

  4. What a wonderful quilt and the stories are fantastic. So nice you have been able to cheer when everything has been black! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  5. Love the colors in your quilt - very nice!

  6. The quilt(s) and the story are beautiful.

  7. Kindness is wonderful and so is the quilt.

  8. Your quilt is wonderful, both front and back. What a special quilt for your friend. It is also wonderful to read about the quilt you donated to the Christchurch cause and how warmly it was received. Just lovely.

  9. a beautiful reversable quilt. So lovely and your are so sweet to have made this for your friend.

  10. It's a wonderful quilt. I do what I do because I like the "meditation" time it brings me with myself and God. I do what I do because it feels good to make someone else feel happiness (whether it's fun or truly emotional). I do what I do because it's uplifting to me in many ways. So, I guess I do what I do because I'm selfish. :)

  11. Beautiful quilt! Love the back especially.

  12. Love your quilt & your story!


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