When I tell someone that I got into Quilting about a year ago…their face says it all!
I am not gray haired (although my hair colorist could probably prove that theory wrong), I do not have grandchildren (my own kids are still young), I don’t go to church on a regular basis (sorry, not hangin out in the church basement quilting), I don’t spend my day making homemade baked goods for my kids (I pick them up at the grocery store, baked), I like a good glass of wine ( and that does not make me a bad person), and … what other stereotypes can I think of….hmm.
I am a 40 something woman who works out, has a great husband with kids and a dog. I spend my weekends and after-school driving my kids to every sports practice, tournament, game, art class, volunteer opportunity, tutoring, oh and I get dinner on the table each night! Hubby helps too! Today’s quilter is not necessarily the stereotypical grandmother we still envision in our head.
I live in Lancaster PA where we have many Amish and Mennonite ladies that do some AMAZING traditional quilting. It is truly an art. My town also hosts the AQS (American Quilters Society) Convention every year. A few year’s back I stumbled in for the first time. I believe in being a tourist in my own town and this time, it proved to be a game changer for me. I was floored by the artwork that these people could create using fabric. My grandmother taught me to sew but never in my wildest dreams had I seen THIS type of sewing before.
But here was the hook for me. As I walked around, I am 5’8″, blond and in my 40s. I pretty much stuck out like a soar thumb. I posted on my Facebook page “I’m feeling young and tall today.” After talking to some of the vendors, I found out that the average age attending was about 63. Well my head went crazy. So if the average is 63 what is happening to this Art of Quilting? Is it a dying breed? Who is learning and carrying on the traditions of this aging art?
About a year later and a bit of snooping around (oh how I love the internet) I found the MQG Modern Quilt Guild. For as old as traditional quilting is, modern quilting is new. It is taking all the respected traditions of quilting and allowing you to freshen them up with your own interpretation. It is bright colors, wonky squares, traditional blocks just made with fresh fabrics instead of old clothe shirts. It is respecting the traditions but allowing the creator to put their own spin on an old block design.
So, why am I blogging? I would like to be able to show others this amazing creative world I have found. The Quilting Bee has come out of the Basement and found its home on the Internet. Blogging has created a world for Quilters to connect from across the country and many continents. Someday I would be intrigue to document how Blogging has changed the Quilting community from a quiet little local community thing to this vast, no walls, community of wonderful helpful people.
But for now, I’m going to get back to quilting