Today is day 16 of Cheryl's 31 Day blog writing challenge  and today's prompt is a question I have pondered on a lot in recent days.

Why do I quilt?


I stumbled upon quilting accidentally. I never thought I would take it up as a full time profession. So when I came to that decision in 2014, I surprised even myself. Though quilting has given me a lot of things - passion, medium of expression, sense of achievement, purpose in life, wonderful friends, fame, opportunities and so much more. The one thing missing was making up for the income that I was loosing in a full time job.

Quilting in India did not pay as much as it does in the western counterparts. Here when something is handmade, it is  expected to be cheaper than the mass produced item. Things  have been changing and now I am at a comfortable position financially too.

When I finished making the Shivarajyabhishek quilt, I spent a lot of time thinking about my purpose in life, where I am heading. I always have had an empty feeling after completing a project. This project was so huge, the vacuum was  even larger! For some time, I even stopped sharing anything on social media. I spent little to no time in my studio and was wondering if my purpose in life has been achieved and I should stop quilting and move on to something else altogether.

But then I got an opportunity to speak at an event in Pune. You can watch the video here. Though the talk is in Marathi, it has English subtitles. When I was working on the script of my talk, I did a lot of retrospection and realized there is so much more to do!

I have a burning fire inside of me that is fueled by quilting and nothing would make me give it up.

So why do you sew?

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  1. When I was younger I made my clothes because my mother had sewn for me when I was younger. In my 30s and 40s I rarely pulled out the sewing machine. When I turned 50 my life kind of changed. Our only child was not only leaving home but going to another country for 6 months. I wanted a new hobby so I started quilting. Through quilting I have made wonderful friends and really stretched "what I thought I could do" - it's been a great experience.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that quilting has played a wonderful role in your life!!! I totally agree about making friends and stretching "what i thought I could do" part!!!

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