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Why do you quilt?

Elizabeth Chappell

I'm curious why we each decided to quilt.  And more so, why we keep doing it?  
I started quilting because I saw so many exciting fabrics and quilts, and I wanted to be a part of it.
I keep quilting because it draws me in.  There's fabric that I MUST have.  I create patterns in my mind that I want to see in a finished product.
But the other day, I realized I had started pushing myself to make quilts so quickly that I had lost the joy in it.  Quilting brings me joy, and the moment it stops, I need to evaluate what's off.  I see on Instagram people making SO MANY quilts.  Sometimes I feel like I need to race to keep up.  But that's not why I quilt.  Other times, I need to take care of my family, or rest myself.  That's okay.  Because when I take those breaks, it helps me realize how excited I am to come back to quilting.  It's this creative outlet that calls to me.
So how about you?  Why do you quilt?  And have you ever had a time when you lost the joy behind it? 
Here's to a new year filled with our true joy in quilting!  And I hope
 
 
 to be able to share in that joy with you!  

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