If you ask 10 different quilters why they quilt, you may just get 10 different answers. Recently, I asked some quilting friends just this question and here is what they said:
The majority of people that shared said they quilt because it is therapeutic followed by:
- For family an friends
- As creative expression
- For pleasure
- To give to charity
- It is relaxing
- For Sale
One person even said that “(quilting) keeps me off the streets and out of the pool halls”.
Ultimately, it is plain to see that this time-consuming and not inexpensive hobby is a labor of love for the majority of us. It is interesting to see that selling quilts is not a high priority. I am not surprised at this. Most people I know quilt for the love of quilting and would rather not be held to a schedule or quota.
So, why do I quilt?
I tend to quilt mostly for the top two answers – quilting as a matter of self expression that then can be shared with others would most accurately sum it up. It is with this in mind that I get to the real reason for my post – Charity Quilts.
My most recent charity donation is a quilt I call: Wave the Flag which was featured in a post “So, what’s been going on?”
This quilt was donated to the Johnson County Veterans Support Organization. This new group of dedicated individuals consists of a variety of backgrounds. The organizers represent Veterans, families of Veterans, local officials and folks that just plain understand the need to showcase our brave men and women and assist them where they can.
Because I am a firm believer that charity begins at home, I was more than honored when asked if I wanted to donate a quilt for their Veteran’s Day Event and dinner held on November 7, 2015.
Wave the Flag is a custom-designed quilt featuring custom feathered long-arm quilting. Our Veterans are all one-of-a-kind, so it is only right to raffle off a one-of-a-kind quilt.
When the festivities had concluded, Wave the Flag was awarded to Jack Albrycht (pictured below).
I urge you to contact this great group to check in as a Veteran or to join in to assist with this great cause.
Next year, I hope I am asked again to participate in this way – there is great satisfaction in giving to your community- this is just one of the reasons why I quilt.