Quilting Makes Me Feel...

We all have unique experiences when we’re quilting and we often find ourselves feeling certain emotions as we work. Each day is different and we quilt for many different reasons, but most of us can agree that quilting brings out the best in us!

Everyone has a different reason for quilting. Some of us quilt to make gifts, some of us quilt to relax, and most of us quilt because we just love to do it! In order to find out more, we asked our team of instructors to share some thoughts about how quilting impacts their lives and influences their emotions.

What about you? Let us know how quilting makes you feel in the comments.


“Quilting is such a blessing in my life. It affords me the opportunity to be with like-minded people. Together we share experiences, quilts, and the joy quilting brings. I truly believe quilters are the best people around! I’m also blessed in that my career as a home sewer and pattern tester for various fabric companies brings me gorgeous fabrics and interesting patterns to play with. In fact, I love the act and art of quilting so much that when I’m not quilting for hire, I’m quilting for fun!

Quilting is a great way to relax and my favorite part of the process is the actual quilting of the quilt. I sit in front of my machine and let my mind wander in a zen garden while my hands move the fabric back and forth under the needle. Then again, nothing is more relaxing in the evening than hand stitching the binding to the quilt with a cup of tea by my side (I’m very careful not to spill) and a favorite program on the television. I’m not as fond of some aspects (quilting-cutting for example) but the good outweighs the bad because I’m still quilting and don’t plan to stop anytime soon!”

– Peg Spradlin

“I have always loved to sew, and thoroughly enjoy the hunt for the perfect fabric combination and new project idea. Throughout my Air Force career and worldwide assignments, I was always creating home decor projects for each new temporary home. While stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, a fellow female officer introduced me to the world of quilting, and a new passion was born. After retiring, I became a professional longarm quilter, designer, and teacher. I love to share my passion with others and spark their creativity. Perhaps my greatest joy is when clients see their finished quilt for the first time—their smile and look of amazement is priceless!”

– ZJ Humbach

“Most of the quilters I know quilt for fun, to keep busy, or as a way to let their creative juices flow. Those are great reasons to quilt and also apply to me, but I’m unique in my circle of quilt friends in that I’m also a home sewer/pattern tester/quilter for hire. It’s very satisfying to be able to play with beautiful fabrics (gorgeous fabrics are in the top five reasons I quilt) and try out interesting and challenging patterns and techniques, and get paid for doing so!”

– Ashley Hough

How does quilting make you feel? Happy? Relaxed? Accomplished? Leave a comment below and share what you feel when you sit down to quilt!

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28 Responses to “Quilting Makes Me Feel…”


    I am a new quilter I started hand stitching quilts with my great grandmother and she did not measure anything she cut and sewed.. Her quilts were so beautiful to me.. Quilting relaxes me and I think every quilt has its own story. From the fabrics from the fabric designer to the one who makes the quilt and all the other aspects to making a quilt. It makes me happy to create something as beautiful as a quilt . some day soon I hope to create a few quilts of my own for … myself my family and friend Right now at this point I am granny the Queen of the seam ripper. I will just keep trying and learning..

  2. Brenda

    I am a Beginner but, I love seeing/quilting to Create Gifts For My Family & Friends! 😍

  3. Tina Sheppard

    Quilting makes me feel satisfied and complete. Since I make a lot of quilts for family and for charity, I get a peaceful feeling of completion. My hope is that when someone receives one of my quilts they know that someone cares about them.

  4. beth daniels

    Quilting is stress therapy for me. When I quilt, nothing is on my mind except the piecing or quilting on my sewing machine.

  5. Pennyquilter

    Quilting is my “me place” where I get pleasure from learning, creating, and giving away, plus relief from the daily pressures of caring for my husband.

  6. Granny

    I love to quilt for family and charity but most of all to praise God for being able to sew for His glory

  7. Diane

    I love quilting for the creativity and the joy I see when I give them away. They don’t have to be real fancy either. I love the log cabin block and a number others.

  8. M mckinnon

    I am relaxed when I am quilting . I am happy that I was able to learn to quilt. I have made quilts for my grandchildren they were so happy

  9. Jeanette

    Quilting relaxes me and any worries I have go out the window. I am in my own little world.

  10. Dana Allison

    One of my dislikes is giving wedding gifts, baby gifts, or other special gifts is choosing something which the receivers can buy in stores, no matter the location. By making quilted items, especially making them to fit the personalities of the recipients, I grant friends, and relatives a distinct gift which can not be purchased anywhere. Never have I had a disappointed recipient, nor has one had to take it to the return window! When visiting them, it is worth all the time and effort spent to design, and to make it, when I see it on prominent display. It is an unspoken message of love for whom it was made. Fond memories are brought forth, and they accompany the gift.

  11. Valerie

    I feel grateful – to the Lord for the talents He has blessed me with, and to other quilters who have shared their ideas, inspired me, and taught me skills I hadn’t acquired by myself.

  12. Clare jones

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  13. Claire Cranford

    Quilting makes me feel blessed because it makes others happy. I give away most of what I quilt.

  14. joyceinguanez

    quilting makes me feel in a world of my own and when I finish a project I feel proud and contented

  15. barbaraspencer

    Quilting makes me feel a;; of the above but more, part of a wider world where friends are made because of this activity. I live in Australia but have friends all over the world who I haven’t met but are best of “mates”.

  16. petquiltgirl

    Quilting makes me feel transferred from an ordinary place to a more peaceful place all my own.