Quilting: A Creative Process

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On the one hand, quilting is an exact science. It's kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece has a place and must fit in exactly within the whole—not a lot of room for independent thought. On the other hand, you can put together the pieces any way you want and love the results. We all work differently with different approaches, and I think it’s really important to recognize that.

I love this quote from a woman named Lucy Larcom, back in the 1880s, that’s in a wonderful little book called, Anonymous Was a Woman by Mirra Bank, published by St. Martin’s Press. She speaks about having to sew as a child, which was not her favorite pastime, but it seems her attitude changed when she could add her own creative touch.

". . . We learned to sew patchwork at school, while we were learning the alphabet; and almost every girl, large or small, had a bed-quilt of her own begun, with an eye to future house furnishing. I was not over fond of sewing, but I thought it best to begin mine early.

So I collected a few squares of calico, and undertook to put them together in my usual independent way, without asking direction. I liked assorting those little figured bits of cotton cloth, for they were scraps of gowns I had seen worn, and they reminded me of the persons who wore them.”

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