The innate drive to create is a strong force. Seeking out one’s avenue of creativity is complex; what works best for one may not necessarily work for another. Quilting has long been my creative outlet, a gift I gave myself so many years ago. Wikipedia describes creativity as “a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed.” A quilt finished is something new….it’s value intrinsic.
Whether making a quilt from someone else’s pattern or from my own, the act of pulling together beautiful and coordinating fabrics can be inspiring. At least I find it so! Visualizing how the triangles will work in a pattern or understanding the delicate balance between geometrics and circulars in a quilting project, allows me to hone my skills of creativity. Along the path of learning how to quilt, I’ve learned to develop my own unique style, the end result of which brings satisfaction and contentment. Creativity flourishes!
There is no doubt, quilting and creativity inherently lead to joy. Joy is the natural by-product of piecing and stitching something from nothing. Joy comes from quilting for those you love or for those you barely know. Quilting for my children and now grandchildren is the greatest expression of love. Quilting for a stranger; someone who is ill or homeless or in crisis is also the greatest expression of love, but also a declaration of compassion and support.
In the end, the quilts we have made will endure and last beyond our lifetime – forming a legacy of sorts.
The best thing quilting has done for me is give me the opportunity to express my love through fabric and experience joy from creation. A very special gift that I will always cherish.
Take care of yourself.