Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that non-quilters can’t help but generalizing about who quilters are.
I think I’ve read one article too many that puts quilters exclusively in the “50 plus” or in the “retirement home” and maybe, just maybe, had one too many people mention that I’m too young to be a quilter, or, another favorite, that quilting is “a dying art.”
Not in my world, bucko.
My mother quilts, her mother quilted, my dad’s mother quilts. My great-grandmothers quilted. I have friends, young and young-at-heart, from every demographic and from different geographical locations around the world that all identify themselves as quilters.
So why the pigeon-holing? Does the non-quilty world really think that only one type of person is a quilter and that quilting is really, truly dying?
My name is Jennifer.
I am 38 years old and I am a quilter.
I have been sewing and crafting my entire life. I learned to use a needle and thread when I was a child. Craftiness of all kinds carried over into my adulthood, and by my late twenties, I was quilting.
I would like to challenge you, my quilting friends, to show your face.
We are all ages and come from all socio-economic groups, religious backgrounds and political demographics. We live in all countries of the world and we are connected by quilting. It brings us together and gives us common ground. These are our faces.
Take this message, We Are The Face of Quilting, and write about being a quilter. Share it on your blog. Add your photo to our flickr group and tell the world: I am a quilter.
Grab this to share on your blog:
<a href="http://sewhooked.com/2011/11/08/the-face-of-quilting/" target="_blank"> <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6325665113_06a0e380bb_m.jpg" width="240" height="240" alt="We Are The Face of Quilting"></a>
Use it anywhere you share your quilting story. I’ve set comments for this post to allow trackbacks and pingbacks, which simply means that if you link to this post, it will show up in the comments. It’s a great way to meet new quilting friends.
What will I get from this? Nothing other than the satisfaction of seeing your faces and the affirmation that what I believe is true: quilter’s faces are like quilts themselves. They come in all colors, styles and sizes. They are from all over the world and they are timeless.