|Cooks Forest, near Clarion, Pa.|
I know another quiltophile or two who have great intentions. They purchase a sewing machine, fabric, rotary cutters, even fancy rulers. They search the book stores and magazine racks in the grocery for just the right quilt to start.
In a recent conversation with a pending quiltophile I sensed the enthusiasm and the imminent frustration in that person who wants to quilt, to jump in head first. The urge to be creative is a contagious emotion. My best advice to that person is head to your nearest quilt shop and take a class. Start at the beginning to avoid frustration, don't buy everything in sight. Ask for help.
I am not a teacher, I am not a judge or critic but I am a quilter and I think that if each of us identifies a possible quilter it is our opportunity, no duty, to direct their interest appropriately so that each of us can have the satisfaction of keeping the quilting world alive.
How do you inspire a future quilter? In the brief time since I wrote this post several more people have approached me wanting to learn how to quilt. Isn't that great? Down through history quilting has remained strong and steadfast as a utility craft as well as an art craft, I am hopeful and optimistic that those who want to explore the possibility will do just that. Welcome October.