For me, finishing a quilt that my mother had started piecing shortly before her death was a healing process, and a way of reaching out and connecting with her. That process started my own quilting journey, and I often think about her when I am sewing. I also remember playing under my grandmother's quilting frames, then when I was old enough, picked up the needle to help. I also remember the piles of fabric ready to piece on my great-grandmother's sewing machine on her back porch. These women would all have LOVED all the new toys and gadgets that have revolutionized the quilting world today - rotary cutting tools, longarm quilting machines like mine. Some days I can just feel them looking over my shoulder!
This is a new generation of quilting. Women still love to get together to piece their quilts, and find great joy in the process, but the days of setting up a quilt frame and having the neighbors and relatives drop in to hand quilt is somewhat of a lost art. Today, it is becoming more common for us to quilt with our checkbooks. That's right. Bring your unfinished quilt tops to me, and I will do the finishing for you! www.quiltscapesquilting.com
I love the fact that my daughters (and occasionally my son) also quilt with me. I love it when one of them will say, "Hmm, I think I'll make a quilt..." and the circle rolls on. The girls and I had joined a "block of the month" club at our local quilt shop about seven years ago. The triplets were 13 at the time, and used their quilts for 4-H projects, each of them winning blue ribbons and sweepstakes prizes at the county and state fairs. A quilting demonstration also took one of them to a national competition. We also enjoy making quilts for charity together. These are usually tied quilts, a warm hug from our family to someone in need. The quilts we create are not simply cloth, batting and thread, but something truly beautiful.