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August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?

We want to know: What has Quilting Taught You About Life?

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. If your comment is chosen for our Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com.


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bec02 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:24 AM

Take it one step at a time, don't get excited over every little mishap, and just relax.  It all will work out in the end.

Barbara wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:41 AM

Patience , Patience ,Patience

Dawn Paoletti wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:45 AM

1.  Take risks  2.  It's OK to make mistakes  3.  Learn from your mistakes  4.  RELAX!

mpetersonsewcool@cox.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:51 AM

How to use a seam ripper!

sjhughson wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:53 AM

Patience.

zacc0998 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 7:13 AM

Good things come to those who wait! Patience, don't be satisfied with something less than what you expect (rip it out), take your time and always know that what you did was the best that you were capable of at the time.

sanmar wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 7:39 AM

Patience with my quilting and in life. Even having to use the seam ripper doesn't bother me.

Liz Juby wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:33 AM

I look at all the fabric stash I have collected for a project and then weeks later look at the beautiful quilt I have created. Miracles are possible especially with the creativity and quilting legacy that our ancestors have handed down to us. We must honor those who came before us in all aspects of life.

shasta5718 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:37 AM

Just to sit back and enjoy what you are creating.  Don't get stressed and even if you make an error, it will turn out ok.

Jean Biette wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:37 AM

That creative ideas can come from just about anywhere if you pay attention. I have been inspired by the shape of a building, the colors of a landscape or flowers in a garden, a friend with a new home and of course, from a wonderful fabric I have seen - I try to let these things guide me with what I want to create. Sometimes the ideas just flow from life experiences and it can have beautiful results !

cwienstroer wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:41 AM

Quilting has taught me to enjoy the process, share the results, and there is always something new I can learn & do with the next projects.  It is fun, sometimes portable, creative and always exciting.  I love the color and feel of fabrics and take pride in making something for someone to enjoy.

QUILTER OVERWHELMED wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:41 AM

That I'm a pretty giving person, since everything I make is given away.

Dottie Beeching wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 8:56 AM

That it's okay to not follow the pattern exactly, as long as I'm consistant.

DaisyM35@sbcglobal.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 9:00 AM

Patience and acceptance. I have learned that you need to be patient with yourself. There is always something new to learn and practice really does "almost" make perfect. I don't have to be perfect. Quilting is forgiving.  I've learned to be more accepting which makes me accept my limitations.  All of this spills over into my life and I feel I have learned to appreciate others more and enjoy life.   Marguerite

sodle wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 9:09 AM

Not to stress over getting it done. Things come up in life that change our plans. We have to be adaptable. It will get done just not on our time line.

Pamela Spears-Bradford wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 9:18 AM

I learned that quilting COULD extend your life!  My Grandmother Lela made her quilts all by hand, with no templates or patterns!  She would simply get a design in her head and she would get started! I started quilting while pregnant with my eldest son 40 years ago. When she saw one of my quilts, she laughed at me because of my quilts are sewn by machine. "You're cheating" Grandma Lela would say to me. But over the years she would critique my quilts and give me tips to help me make my " machine made" quilts better.  Like her, my quilts have no templates, instructions or patterns to follow, I simply see a piece of fabric and the inspiration would fly into a work of art. She was 100 years old when she passed away and I was told she continued to make quilts until a few months possibly a few weeks before she died. My grandmother was a very quite, patient lady, I can't remember a single time I heard her raise her voice.  While I am not as patient as she was yet but I think I am still learning.  Lela Spears (Grandma Lela),  I wish I could still receive more tips from you. You are my inspiration, your legacy is in my love for "Quilting!"

Kathy R wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 9:39 AM

Take your time, enjoy the process, be creative, be flexible, and you can always correct your mistakes.  You learn a lot from your mistakes, love what you do, and it will reflect in your life.  

Sue Doucet wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:02 AM

When my husband had his heart attack, our lives were forever changed, seemed to fall to pieces. But we were determined to live our lives as best we could. I learned this lesson from quilting.

In Quilting, taking ordinary fabric, cutting it into little pieces, and then sewing it back together will generally create the most wonderful piece of art that is warm and comforting, giving great satisfaction and delight to all who view it.  When one's life "falls to pieces", one should  "sew" them back, rearranging them into one that fits the person. A more beautiful life could be the result, inspiring others, bringing warmth and comfort and love to all who view it..and greater satisfaction to the one living it.

Jenia wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:17 AM

Quilting has taught me to have fun, have confidence in yourself, and enjoy the journey.  When the journey is over and the quilt is done, your pride and legacy remains behind in the form of a (hopefully) lovely keepsake for generations to enjoy.  

Kathy G wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:41 AM

It's not about the quilt.  It's about the decisions you make along the way and that there are always new choices to be made.  When I am quilting, I know that the end result will be greater than the fabric I started with and that part of me will go along with the quilt.  Each quilt is filled with hopes and dreams for the reciever and the most joy for me is in giving the quilt away.  Isn't life like that?  Our greatest joys come when we release our expectations, live fully in the moment without worry for the future, and allow ourselves to be who we are and share that with those we love.

Nancy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:45 AM

Patience.  I have always been one to want to do the job and get it over with.  I learned real quick that it doesn't work that way when you are designing, piecing, and quilting a quilt, whether doing it from a pattern or coming up with your own.  It takes a lot of thought, and a lot of time.  I might mention here that I took the poll about "how do I quilt my quilts" and I marked "send them to be quilted" but only because you could only mark one.  Actually I do some on my machine, some by hand (I always have one going on my quilt frame) and others I send out.  I've been quilting as a hobby since I retired in 1991 and I hope that I'm able to continue the hobby for many more years to come and will as long as I have my eye sight and the use of my hands.  You might wonder what happens to all of these quilt; well, one goes to my church each year (I have 2 friends working with me on that one), friends and family babies, grandbabies, great grandbabies get a quilt, my own grand and great grands get a quilt, brother and sister have gotten quilts, Birth Choice and Quilts for Wounded Soldiers and on and on.  Keeps one busy and constantly working on patience.

Patty wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:54 AM

Quilting has taught me that I have an addictive personality.  Thankfully, I am addicted to Quilting (and probably chocolate)!

mblarse wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:55 AM

Patience, take one step at a time, it is ok to make mistakes (they can be corrected with patience), learn from your mistakes, and you can do it!

Dorothy I. Dishman wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:04 AM

Quilting has taught me that life is not a race.....you'll get to the end no matter what you do so enjoy the ride getting there and spend the time quilting for others.

Marie wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:19 AM

That no matter how many projects you have started, or set aside to do, there will always be more!  I truely consider it a positive addiction!  

pahill wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:39 AM

I have gone through Chemo lately with positive results and I have also been drawn to making quilts with a black background and using bright sunny batiks on it. It shows that out of darkness come sunshine and light and my quilt reminds me of that every day.

Cathy Parker wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:54 AM

That life is beautiful.  I have found so much that say make me or use me as one of your colors.  That no mater how good or not so good a sewer, people love something home made.  For myself, I feel a sense of accomplishment, good about myself, and I want to share this part of me with others.  It is a beautiful world if only seen through the eyes of creativity.  Thanks, that feels good.

Doreen wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:54 AM

Where to begin?  Quilting has the ability, if we are willing, to teach us all of life's important character skills - patience, tolerance, flexibility, perseverance, adventure, faith, hope, and even love.  We can be stretched to the limits only to experience disappointment, and just as easily, find a wonderful reward in something totally unexpected and simple.  We can learn how to pace ourselves, an important thing as we get older.  We can learn that one failure doesn't need to set the pattern of the rest of our life.  We can learn to use failure as a building tool  to move forward from.  We can learn to appreciate blending, contrast, bright, dull, large, small, dense and simple.  We can learn that it is OK to set things aside for a while, or the joy of giving them to someone who appreciates them more than we do.  We can feast in the joy of benevolence by donating our efforts to all kinds of good and worthy needs.  And, maybe above all else,  we can use our gifts to inspire others and to share amongst a huge community of like minded and gifted people around the world.  What a wonderful question to ponder!  Thank you.  Doreen

Marie wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 12:01 PM

Quilting taught me that life does go on after losing precious loved ones through patience, planning and goals.

lindawwww wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 12:59 PM

Enjoy the moment - every part of the quilting process is enjoyable and relaxing.  Just be!

Susie wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:00 PM

It doesn't have to be perfect, as long as you do your best.

Cristina Lema wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:18 PM

It has taught me patience and that even if the seams don't match with practice and patience I will get to do it better, It doesn't have to be perfect.

christine wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:30 PM

Quilting has taught me that learning is definitely forever, to trust my vision, myself; and no matter how many steps or stumbling blocks there are in reaching my goal, always keep it in focus. Most importantly, congratulate myself when I reach my goal! When I first became interested in learning how to quilt, I read a variety of quilting books from our city library. I read the books from cover to cover, trying to understand the steps to take in which to make a quilt and the different types of quilts. Being overwhelmed with all this information was very confusing so I decided to focus on learning and practising just the basics. Once I decided this, peace and calm once again were mine. In my general life, there are times when these quilting experiences have also been used and have worked very well. Quilting is a life lesson that has reinforced or taught me: patience, understanding, acceptence, love, family values, faith, staying open minded, determination, to really listen, being very thankful, as well as being courageous, creative and trying to stay healthy.

Sally Gimbrone wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:37 PM

Keep learning and trying and you can accomplish anything.

Laura Neathery wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 2:14 PM

Just like sewing where you need to take one stitch at a time and sometimes there is a need to unstitch, life needs to be taken one step at a time and sometimes you need to back up and do a "do over".

redmananne wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 2:49 PM

Quilting has taught me that I have friends and family that are always ready to help me in quilting and in  life. It is so nice to finish a quilt and to give it to someone who would really like it and you know that it would mean a lot to them to have it too.

weezee56 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 2:58 PM

If at first your don't succeed try, try again. And practice makes prefect. (sometimes)

Debra Skinner wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 3:06 PM

Quilting is a process that must be savored like a favorite hard candy each step of the way.  Every quilt has a story and many of my quilts create their own way of being told during the process. Some people call these mistakes but I like to refer to these mistakes as my quilt expressing it's own identity!

Dianne wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 3:35 PM

Quilting has taught me that you can pick up the pieces and move on.  6 years ago we had a fire and lost almost everything.  I made a flannel quilt for each of us to mark it and we never forget that we didn't lose the most important things in life.  Quilting reminds me of how important making connections can be, how personal handiwork is still celebrated by people lucky enough to be chosen recipients, and that as in life, there are always new challenges to conquer, accomplishments to celebrate, and results to demonstrate that progress has been made.  

Omama5a wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 3:55 PM

I realize I destress myself and thoroughly enjoy every minute Iam behind my sewing machine. So what if I have to rip a seam out. Everyone can make mistakes .

greenmonstr wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 4:09 PM

Quilting has taught me to be less of an obsessed perfectionist.  If a corner isn't knife-edged pointy, or a stitching line isn't ramrod straight, it's okay!  The only person who will notice is me!  I learned to relax (a bit) and enjoy the process more instead of looking at everything over-critically.  

weze aka Louise Raymond wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 4:15 PM

it has taught me that things are always changing and like that of the seasons so do the colors of fabrics and how you can use them, and what colors are going to be the next years colors like that in life what you can do with what you have in your stash or buy or share, as I am sewing pieace of mind healing the soul too! it seams like I am making more cancer quilts for family and friends so that is life changeing also I do quilts for kids and pillow cases as life is changeing for more people around me that need me to make a difference in there lives to better lives to make them smile and make sure they know they are loved goes with my sewing too! I love doing for others as a retired navy wife it is instilled in me to make a difference and that I was brought up with that frame of mind so it come so easy for me to do things for others i don't want any thing in return ever just to put a smile on ones face makes my soul happy . I have learned to go with the flow and not to fret about anything as all work out just fine O:-)

Dawn Thompson wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 6:51 PM

Quilting has taught me patience. By doing and redoing. I have learned to put colors together to make a beautiful quilt or shawls that I have made for elders. I wander sometimes, will I be able to do this the rest of my life. I am not sure. But, I am going to try. I love it.

JAMIES-3 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 7:49 PM

Quilting has taught me to lighten up on my perfectionism. No-one notices the occasional imperfect corners but me. :)

MåMå wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:00 PM

There are many wonderful, generous, and kind people in the quilting and sewing groups.

Melissa Halpain wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:58 PM

I have learned that my mother was right. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right even if you have to fix it many times over. Everything can always be fixed.

pioneerwoman120537 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 1 August 2013, 11:23 PM

Quilting has taught me that with a lot of encouragement much can be accomplished.  My husband encouraged me to sign up for the classes and the local community quilting club encouraged and inspired me to have the confidence in myself to learn a new craft through which I would help others enjoy life.

Qwlt Ldy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 8:29 AM

Quilting has taught me to slow down and enjoy what I'm creating. To be make sure I do it right the first time so I don't have to go back and rip out what I just created. To enjoy the colors and textures of fabrics. To enjoy the gift of teaching some one the beauty and joy of quilting. Having fun with my friends while creating my quilts. Giving my quilts to friends, family and charities so others can enjoy the beauty and warmth of something made with love.

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 9:14 AM

Be Fearless! And you can teach an old chick new tricks.

danacrossland@gmail.com wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 9:25 AM

It has taught me that even though something may seem "messy" true beauty can be be found after the tempest.

cvs wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 9:35 AM

To be patient

Joan Maddox wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 9:39 AM

Quilting has taught me that I can stop the world and get off -- it takes time and patience to build a quilt.  You get to meet new friends at classes and learn new skills.  The quality of life has improved for me since I have started quilting -- it has slowed down and I can catch my breath and enjoy the moment!

Joan Maddox wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 9:39 AM

Quilting has taught me that I can stop the world and get off -- it takes time and patience to build a quilt.  You get to meet new friends at classes and learn new skills.  The quality of life has improved for me since I have started quilting -- it has slowed down and I can catch my breath and enjoy the moment!

sewhappy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 2 August 2013, 2:17 PM

Patience!! Sometime we want to hurry things up and see the finished product that we don't seem to want the slow things down. Sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses, and take the time to enjoy those that are in our lives.

Mimismother wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Saturday, 3 August 2013, 9:40 AM

At first I was going to say "patience"; but then I realized that as I've loosened up, it is "acceptance."  I'm finally realizing that my end product is handmade and not machine made and will usually have little glitches.  This attitude is much healthier!

Kathy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Saturday, 3 August 2013, 10:58 AM

To slow down and enjoy the little things more.  When you quilt, there is some work to it and sometimes that little extra stitch or placement of a piece goes unnoticed by a non-quilter.  But I know it is there (whether I wanted it to be or not) and now I take time to admire other's extra special details.  Don't be afraid to share some of those experiences when you give a quilt so you teach a little about quilting to the recipient.

J.P. wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Saturday, 3 August 2013, 11:38 AM

Perseverance!  If you keep on keeping on you can accomplish what you set out to do.  With God's help all things are possible.

Mary T wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Monday, 5 August 2013, 9:45 AM

Probably the best thing Quilting has taught me is that  "It's OKAY to march to the beat of a different drummer."   I love expressing myself in quilting, in any way and how I choose.  I don't have to do my projects exactly the way someone else does.

Christine wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Monday, 5 August 2013, 6:53 PM

Quilting has taught me that service (and gifts) to others that come from the heart benefit both the giver and the recipient.  The recipient is touched by the personal nature of the gift which often helps build their feeling of worth.  They feel honored and somewhat important to have something made especially for them.  The giver, too, feels a sense of privilege in using a God-given talent to bring joy to others.  It's a win-win situation!

rodeobellewy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Monday, 5 August 2013, 10:01 PM

Quilting has taught me not only patience but that quilters are caring, loving and giving and well worth having as friends. It taught me to be dangerous.  To put plaids, polka dots and stripes together and get wonderful results.  It taught me that lime green can be a neutral (ew, ick...but sometimes it works).  That scraps, no matter how small, can still make a beautiful quilt.  It taught me that UFO's happen (30 and counting) no matter how hard you try to avoid them.  It taught me that I am still learning something new daily and there are no Quilt Police to stand in my way.

Cindy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 12:31 PM

Quilting has taught me to take time to do things I love. It lets me go into a time past, a peaceful time with out all the rush. It lets me enjoy all the colors God put on this earth. It also lets me look at the finished project with pride.. I'm sure a similar pride that women felt hundreds of years ago. It also has led me to a wonderful group of people who love the same thing, whether on the web, at quilt shows, or at quilt shops.

Maggie aka Grandma Sunshine wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 4:04 PM

Where there is a will there's a way. LOL  patience, which I'm not very good at. I'm one of those, I want what I want when I want it. 😉

Cindy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 4:10 PM

Slow down, relax and enjoy the journey.

Kris wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 8 August 2013, 1:02 AM

I had been an art student for years before falling into my chosen career in healthcare financing.  Although satisfying, it was stressful and consumed more of my life than I realized at the time. I started quilting shortly before I retired and found a piece of "me" that I lost.  I try to spend time each day working on a project and find that not only do I enjoy the project, I also enjoy life more and am in better health. I feel creative again and enjoy it when my friends ask for my help in choosing fabrics for their projects. There is a satisfaction and a peace derived from working on and completing a project. I feel I have more to give my family and to our community.

Cynthia Crady wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 9 August 2013, 11:13 AM

It has taught me to be more patient. All good things happen in time. It has also taught me to appreciate the people that it brings into my life whether it be through my guild, a class, a quilt show, a fabric store, or somewhere that we have donated quilts too.

Quilters are generous with their time and their loving giving nature. I feel that quilting and all the people that I have met through it have enriched my life beyond what any amount of money could.

debbieyarbrough@bellsouth.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 9 August 2013, 12:23 PM

Don't worry about being perfect, do the best you can and move on. Know one will notic any way.

BelleSooty wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Sunday, 11 August 2013, 5:03 AM

No matter how much in life is thrown at you, just pick up the pieces and continue putting them together. Last year was our "Sick Year" Mother broke both bones in her leg above the ankle and had surgery on Easter Sunday. One week later hubby dear had life threatening open heart surgery. So I was at my mother's side for a week, at my husband's side for many weeks through his surgery and is still recovering more than a year later. I have a permanent spinal injury and two weeks after Richard returned home I went through extensive testing because of increased acute spinal pain. The tests revealed lesions on my left kidney, liver. and in my spine. Further tests revealed a very rare type of bladder cancer. Through all of this I learned from my QUILTING to keep picking up the pieces, hold your head up, TRUST in GOD and those pieces will will come together beautifully (even if they are NOT perfect) the way they are suppose to be.

Darlene wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Sunday, 11 August 2013, 12:02 PM

Just like life; take my time, enjoy it and don't sweat the small stuff!

scharleyquilter wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 7:59 PM

Quilting has taught me to take time to enjoy quiet time to my self, to contemplate over my children, grands and my husband's never ending demands and appreciate them. To stitch my memories one at a time and cherish all of them good or bad. Sewing the pieces together sometimes feels like putting the pieces of life's moments into perspective. When I'm down it brings me back to life, and when I'm feeling great it brings me more joy.

Stacey

eso wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 6:46 AM

Nothing in life is perfect.

Kathy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 7:37 AM

Patients and things can be beautiful even though they are not perfect!!!  I only have one project going at a time.  I'm not organized enough to have more than one project going.  Even one a year is great as long as I have something in the works I can think about, adjust and finally attack in my own time on my schedule.  Feeling rushed would make it a job not a pleasure.

pat1018 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 7:55 AM

Patience, it's ok to not be perfect because nothing in life is.  Ask for help if you need

Carol Vondruska wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 8:51 AM

Quilting has taught me patience, perserverance, and the joy of creating something beautiful and useful that will be a treasure for many years. Quilting is visible love.

marilyn.sunderman wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 8:53 AM

Quilting has taught me patients.  I hand quilt my quilts.  I realize that to do a good job I must have patients and go slow or rip out many stitches that don't look like they should be in the quilt.

Joy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 9:27 AM

Quilting has taught me there is always more to learn, there are always those out there willing to lend a hand no matter the problem, and best of all - quilting makes finding new friends easier than blinking an eye. I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful "addiction"!

mjnev@wildblue.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 10:27 AM

Quilting has taught me to think more about giving to others. I enjoy making quilts for the area Veterans Home. It gives me great joy to be able to give them pretty bedding to brighten there lives just a little.

MICHELLES-2 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 10:32 AM

Even our flaws, when put together with the whole, can make for a beautiful, creative piece people want in their lives.

grandma18 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 10:33 AM

quilting, as well as other crafts I love, have told me to appreciate each moment; doing something constructive with a resulting product, is time NOT wasted.  Quilting is an outlet for ideas, individuality in creation, and, most of all, I treasure my quiet time (also my "thinking" time and thanking God for my blessings).

kldurkee wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 10:42 AM

Unlike life, I am in control of every single aspect of quilting.

maryannestigen wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 11:09 AM

Take care of the little things, details and accuracy in quilting and mistakes in general, and they will not become big things.

Sue wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12:14 PM

I learned that I cannot make the perfectly pieced and perfectly quilted quilt.  I've learned not to point out the little mistakes I've made and just let them go.  

Gramigran wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12:36 PM

Quilting has taught me there is more fun in sharing and giving then receiving. The joy of my day is making quilts for kids and abused women and men.

Dianna Martinez wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12:42 PM

Life, as in quilting, is all about the process.  Creativity doesn't happen in one moment - it's a building of experiences and ideas.

Sheila wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12:50 PM

Patience!

Qwlt Ldy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 2:35 PM

Quilting has taught me to take my time, enjoy the process and not be in a rush. Rushing only creates errors and more often than not it requires me to rip things out. Slow and steady wins the race or finishes the quilt first.

Sandi Whiting wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 2:40 PM

Quilting has taught me not to get locked in on only one way of doing things.  The best quilts I've seen (and made) are the ones that take on a life of their own from what was originally intended so I guess I've learned to "just go with the flow".

MICHELLEB-4 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 4:14 PM

Anyting is possible.  

SewFreak wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 6:40 PM

Quilting has taught me so many things. I am a perfectionist to a fault and quilting has taught me that perfection is not always having a matched seam but rather a beautiful and creative work of art that can give comfort to whomever is laying under it.  So what if something is not quite right with a technique or color as long as you enjoy the experience of creating something from your hands and heart.  One learns a ton of patience during the quilting process as you cannot rush through the steps or else the next step will turn out to be a struggle.  Doing it right the first time is very helpful or the seam ripper will become your very best friend!  Sharing time with friends quilting is cherished time to me.  We laugh at each other and ourselves, help each other think through problems and just plain have fun.  Quilting friendships are the best!  Definitely a sisterhood.  Quilting is the best treatment for stress and depression.  Nothing puts the soul at peace then working through a quilt block.  I try to work on a block or two everyday.  Quilting helps one challenge themselves and to think outside the box and to try somehing out of one's own comfort zone.  Quilter's never stop growing!

Ruthie Coppersmith-Hodgson wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 8:10 PM

patience , willingness to try new things,new appreciation for anything handmade. making good friends in the quilting hobby. to do my best. and thankfulness that my mother in law was willing to teach someone like me who had no other sewing teacher ,(no one in my family taught me while i was growing up) how to sew a little and quilt a lot. she took me fabric shopping with her, we went garage sailing together and she had the patience  to work with me . we went to quilt shows together and had such a great time . thankful for that wonderful woman that brought me to Christ and taught me the love of quilting.  

Louise Buker wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 8:48 PM

As a child I always thought quilts like blankets were what you used to keep warm. Quilts just happened to be handmade. Most of our quilts were handmade from feed sacks or scraps. I'm not sure anyone really appreciated their true beauty. Now i understand the amount of time, effort, and patience it take to complete one.  I only wish now that we would have had more respect for those old quilts but they are worn out and long gone. I am fortunate to have one from one of my grandmothers and one from my husband's grandmother. We will take care of those and cherish them. I think quilting has taught me patience and to go with the flow. Changes come so go with them. It seems like I always end up changing something while I'm making a quilt. Always life is changing whether we like it or not. Just get a grip and go with it.

Louise Buker wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 15 August 2013, 9:07 PM

PATIENCE. I just finished answering this and it all disappeared. So here goes again. As a child quilts like blankets were something you used to keep warm. There was no real appreciation for the amount of time, Patience,or effort put into them and definitely there beauty was not considered. Most of those old quilts are long gone. I am fortunate to have one from a grandmother and one from my husband's grandmother. These we do cherish. Now that I have made some quilts I appreciate so much more about quilts than the warmth they provide.There are many step involved so it takes patience to get each one done. Flexibility is needed when thins don't go just right. Sometimes the color or such just isn't right so you have to be flexible and roll with the punches. Gee that sounds a lot like life in our house. Ot all keeps life interesting and exciting doesn't it!

Pam wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 8:40 AM

Quilting is a lot like the puzzle of life. You are constantly working toward a goal but along the way there are a lot of pieces to rip out! Patience and love result in a beautiful quilt and a  life filled with these virtues results in beauty also.

Linda wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 11:05 AM

Quilting has taught me how to take chances and experiment with fabrics and colors to create something beautiful.  I never took risks before and always stuck to one color, like light blue, medium blue and dark blue.  Now I put colors together that I used to cringe about.  Today is my first day of retirement and I plan to expand my horizons and  make as many quilts as humanly possible trying as many different patterns I can get my hands on, from easy to expert.  

Leann wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 12:31 PM

I have learned a lot from quilting.  I have met many wonderful people (fellow quilters, helpful partners, wonderful machine repairman, and husbands, to name a few) and enjoyed hours of sewing, creating beautiful quilts.  However the most important thing I have learned on a personal level is that it is so much more rewarding to sit alone, doing something I love, than spending time with unhappy, unfulfilled people in a cube farm (ie...office work).  I worked at a job that was stressful, long hours, often graveyard shifts and always felt unappreciated and unfulfilled.  I retired from that work 6 1/2 years ago and started sewing again.  In 2009 I discovered quilting and have enjoyed it so much that it is all I talk about.  I am happy doing what I love - finally!

Sandy wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 1:17 PM

I was taught to quilt at my great grandmother's insistence.  When I was young, it was a chore.  Now that I've ripened quilting has become a treat.  I relish every second I get to spend in my sewing room.  I frequently remember Gram's lessons and those memories always inspire a smile.  She was the first person who told me that puckers are seams with attitude - and who doesn't need a little attitude every now and then?

flutterbyhats wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 3:52 PM

Quilting has taught me the power of love that comes with the act of quilting. My Aunt Noella quilted every day that I know of. She gave her quilts to family and friends. She sold a few for others to give as gifts. She passed that love of quilting over to my mom. She passed it to me. I passed it to my sister Cindy and my daughter Theresa. I Love the way their eyes light up when we go to quilt festivals, when they see a fabric that just have to have! I love how they get excited when they proudly show others what they have created. Lots of love flows through our family all for the love of quilting.

Jan wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 6:51 PM

Life is what happens when you make other plans.

Jan Hall wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 16 August 2013, 7:43 PM

Many, many years ago, I learned the hard way..  (just like with woodworking)  Measure twice cut once!

kbaumwart wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Saturday, 17 August 2013, 7:57 PM

As others have said, I must practice patience, which is hard for me. Also it doesn't have to be perfect, sometimes the imperfection makes it more interesting.

Mary Ellen wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Sunday, 18 August 2013, 1:45 AM

Quilting has taught me many things:  Take risks-- you never know what combinations will work until you put them together and stand back; do it today, it/you might not be there tomorrow; give it away and cherish the idea of others getting and sharing joy from the gift as you took joy in the creating and giving; and finally, take time to think, enjoy, plan, anticipate, and put your heart into your work, because you never miss the piece of your heart you put into it-- it's constantly replaced and regrown with each new project.

Quiltmama3 wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 11:00 AM

I was going to say patience, but that is an obvious answer...I am surprised to learn that I am very creative, who knew!?

bjkaup@huntel.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 5:33 PM

Keep trying and you might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

bjkaup@huntel.net wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 5:35 PM

Keep trying and you might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

Linda Gless wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Thursday, 29 August 2013, 9:05 AM

I've learned that everything does not have to be 'perfect' in order to turn out great!

Lynn wrote re: August Member Survey: What has Quilting Taught you About Life?
on Friday, 30 August 2013, 9:38 PM

I've learned that the quilting world is so similar to the good world I live in.  Beautiful fabrics, patterns but most of all the beautiful people that are associated in the quilting world whether it's in the same town I live in or half way around the world!  Also, sometimes a mistake is not a mistake but a new design element of the quilt....:)

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