The Impact of Quilting
Hello, dear blog readers! I’m back again this week with a different kind of “inspiration” post. Prepare yourselves to meet my sentimental side!
I read an article recently about a woman who was many things - among them, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and quilter. She quilted and gifted her creations to the people she loved for many years, and when she passed away, she was honored by her loved ones at her funeral by them bringing the quilts she had made them to drape on the pews.
This article shook me up and got me thinking - as a quilter, I get wrapped up in the “how-to’s”, the next challenge, the latest trick or gadget, and the “deadline” (baby shower! Birthday! Graduation! Chop chop chop!). I’m usually having so much fun whipping up a new creation that I can lose sight of what happens after a project is finished and handed off to its owner.
Once it leaves me, I am on to the next thing, and I don’t think about the impact the quilt has on the recipient after I’m done. This article reminded me.
You impact one person at a time with your quilts, but if you step back and look at the reach of your love, you’ll see what a wide net you’ve cast.
For me personally, there are at least a dozen babies (most of them turned into children by now!), a handful of friends, 4 cousins, 1 brother, and an aunt who all have quilts from me.
My brother’s girlfriend asked me as recently as last night about how to best wash the quilt I made for him 8 years ago. He and his girlfriend still sleep under it every night. That means that I’m part of their lives every single day without even thinking about it.
The woman from the article impacted countless people in exactly that way. They thought of her every day when she was alive, because of her quilts. And they have a special way to remember her now that she is gone, also because of her quilts. I wonder if she knew how she touched them?
I can only hope to be remembered in the way the woman from the article was remembered. I can only dream of touching people’s hearts the way she touched those to whom she gifted quilts.
Above all, that article has inspired me to try to remember how powerful a quilt can be while I am making one. Instead of just working away, I will try from here on out to take at least one moment during the construction of every quilt to just breathe in and honor the power of showing love through a quilt.I challenge you, dear readers, to also bask in your own power to impact people through quilting. To take a moment to appreciate all of the people out there who are embraced by your love every day, thanks to a quilt you’ve made. What an amazing thing you do!
- Carolyn Knees