2015 National Quilting Day & Giveaway!

Hello Friends — Happy Saturday and Happy National Quilting Day!  Read about National Quilting Day here.

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Once upon a time, there was girl who lived in the tropics, in the comfort of home, church, and many relatives.  All her life, she dreamed upon going to England for college… ever since she was five years of age.

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She worked hard at school… because of the consuming dream of going to England for college.

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The day came, she left home to go to college…. not to England, but to the United States.  She was disappointed at the time, but she accepted that it was the path chosen for her.

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She finished college with a graduate degree.  She married.  She had a little girl.

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Somewhere in her years in the US, she met a most generous and loving lady — who taught this girl how to quilt.

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And the rest is history.  Because someone else stepped in, and encouraged, and took the time to teach this girl (who hadn’t really even touched a sewing machine in her life), this girl’s life was changed!

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She made many sweet quilting and non-quilting friends along her quilting journey.  She was able to do things not dreamed off in all her dreams of going to England for college…

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And she continues to accepts the path chosen for her, by her loving God.

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IMG_9539And in a roundabout way, though she sees that she is but a whiff of air passing through this world, she is inspired by the people she meets to make a difference in her small roundabout circle…because someone else had made a difference in her life.

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On this National Quilting Day, this is a roundabout way of telling the story of an Asian girl who discovered the joy of quilting, because a loving lady who answered the call to make a difference in the lives of others!  Thank you, Barbara!

And Happy National Quilting Day again, Everyone!!

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Annie’s has generously sponsored a giveaway of my online class Learn to Machine Quilt class.  Leave a comment between now and March 27, 2015 to enter giveaway.  Winner will be announce on March 30, 2015.

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Speaking of machine quilting, stay tuned for some exciting news!

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Ushering in National Quilting Day (Post #1)

This is actually a re-post from July 9th, 2010. I thought it apt to post again as quilters around the country are getting ready to celebrate National Quilting Day on the 19th. So, do tell me why you quilt, dear quilters! Or if you don’t quilt, tell me why and what you appreciate about quilts!

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1. For the love of fabrics

Pinksuedeshoe says, “I like quilting/sewing because it is so rewarding to take flat pieces of fabric and cut them apart and sew them back together into a beautiful new life.”

2. A creative outlet for many, and in some cases, a retreat to maintain sanity

Jane says, “First of all, I quilt to relax. Second, quilting has become my most satisfying creative outlet.”

Betsy says, “I quilt because I love to create. Also, as a middle school teacher I have a very rough job and quilting helps relax me. I quilt every morning for about 30 minutes before going to work.”

3. Honoring the tradition of quilting and fabric art, particularly within family history

Sherri says, “I think that first of all it’s because my Mom and my Grandmother encouraged me to do creative things as a young girl.”

Vickie says, “I have a quilt that my great grandmother made (Grandmothers Flower Garden) that she hand pieced and hand quilted. I also have a yo-yo quilt that my great-great grandmother hand made. I knew my great grandmother and have such fond memories of her. She was a sweet, kind and quiet person that loved her family. Every time I look at her quilt or touch it, you can feel the love that went into every piece of fabric and every stitch. I didn’t know my great-great grandmother but love owning one of her quilts. I’m the first one since these two grandmother’s to take up quilting.”

Marcia (no blog) says, “Quilting is something that the women in my family have always done and enjoy. I love to discuss quilts with my mother, each of us working on our own project in the evening.”

4. For the love of giving and making handmade gifts

Christine says, “Nothing like cuddling up in a handmade quilt knowing the hands of labor around you!”

Stitchsister says, “… people are so appreciative of a hand-made gift. It makes me feel good to make and to give them.”

Kristen says,”It just feels good to look at something that I made.”

5. For the need to connect with colors

Vicki says, “It feeds my need for color…”

6. A great way to make something heirloom

Jocelyn says, “I started quilting about 25 years ago. I wanted to make my (then) little son a quilt.”

Joanne says, “I really started quilting when I was pregnant with my first child and I wanted him to have a handmade quilt.”

7. For the love of all other quilters

Beige Club (no blog) says, “…The people are pretty nice, too!”

SewCalGal says, “I also love the world of quilting, as you can go anywhere and find a quilter to share your interests with!”

8. For the love of God, and the comfort He is

Marilyn says,”I quilt because it is my talent and I use it to bring glory to God.”

Allie says, “I love that quilts are also called comforters, and that the Holy Spirit is also our Comforter.”

9. For the love of learning and meeting a challenge head-on

Rebecca Grace says, “There is always more to learn, more challenges, and more inspiration around the corner.”

10. It is an obsession once contracted! It becomes a way of life.

Joan says, “I quilt because it’s an obsession…and a challenge. The more I do – the more I learn…the more I need to quilt.” [Ivory Spring couldn’t have agreed more!]

Michelle says, “I quilt because I must.”

I hope the comments inspired you to quilt even more if you are already a quilter. If you aren’t, perhaps you would like to jump in and join the rest of us quilt-aholics? :)