The emotions of quilting… a series! What quilting does for me….

You may recall this post asking whether or not you thought quilts had feelings, too. We remarked at the time that we would have an ongoing series of posts on the topic and we are thrilled that Kristyne Czepuryk, author of the upcoming title S is for Stitch is our first guest.

S is for Stitch written by Kristyne Czepuryk for Stash Books

If you don’t follow her blog, Pretty by Hand, you’ll definitely want to check it out—she has a lovely writing style that is sweet but not sappy, a beautiful aesthetic,  and she’s as talented in sharing her skills as she is in executing them!

Take it away, Kristyne!

“Feelings … nothing more than … feelings.”

Sorry. I have this thing where sometimes just a single word will remind me of a song and then I’ll start singing.  Apparently, it’s a very annoying habit, according to my family.  I suppose they wouldn’t mind so much if I sounded … less annoying.

However.  As I was saying.  Feelings—with regard to quilting—is what I’ve been asked to talk about today.  I think I could write forever on the subject because quilting has been a big part of my life since I made my first quilt in 1986.  But I’ll try to keep my response down to something shorter than War & Peace.

When I think about quilting in general, I feel excited about (almost) every step of the creative process.  For me, that process usually starts with fabric.

Guest Post from Kristyne Czepuryk author of "S is for Stitch"

Oh, sweet intoxicating fabric.  I always feel a little excitement in my chest when I step inside a fabric/quilt shop and anticipate what I’ll find, what will inspire me, and hopefully what will come home with me.

F2 Guest Post from Kristyne Czepuryk author of "S is for Stitch"

Choosing what I buy is very emotional.  I tend to select things based purely on how pretty a fabric is to my eye and how happy I feel when I look at it.  That said, I’m a seasoned veteran in the battle between how much fabric I’d like/need vs. how much I can afford.  C’est la vie, right?

Then there’s the planning.  I find the designing of a quilt the most creative part of the process.  It is often the most rewarding part for me because I can imagine something perfect.  And it remains perfect … in my head … until I start to make it.

It’s the executing that I think I struggle with the most.  Not because I don’t know how to sew, but because a quilt almost never turns out just as good as—or even better than—I saw it in my mind.  Now don’t get me wrong, I like the things I make (although some projects do turn out to be huge mistakes!).  I just seem to be on a lifelong quest to make the ultimate quilt … one that lives up to my imagination’s expectation.  After 25 years, I’m still thoroughly enjoying the challenge.

But there’s another part of quilt making that I absolutely adore.  Looking at all these things from my sewing room …

T1 Guest Post from Kristyne Czepuryk author of "S is for Stitch"

… all these tools I rely on so much.  I feel like they’re my friends.  I have a very personal relationship with them.  I know them by name.  I know what they do.  I know how to use them.  There’s a certain level of … competency … that comes with this knowledge.  Yes, I feel competent when I make a quilt.  That’s not the same as saying I’m perfect.  Far from it!  There are always imperfections in my work that are the result of everything from haste to laziness to simply not knowing any better.  (I’m a work in progress myself.)  But at least I usually know what to expect when I cut corners or go too fast or work way past my bedtime.  And I’m good with that.  Or I know I can fix it later.  Which I rarely do.

T2 Guest Post from Kristyne Czepuryk author of "S is for Stitch"

Sometimes I feel a little nervous when I’m about to try something new.  Or cranky when something isn’t turning out right.  If my seam ripper had a nickel for every time I used it …

But all those frustrations make the successes so much sweeter, don’t they?  Patience and perseverance—they build character.  (Sorry, I accidentally turned into my mom for a second there.)

T3 Guest Post from Kristyne Czepuryk author of "S is for Stitch"

So at the end of the day, quilting makes me happy—“characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy”.  In fact, I can say that quilting is a passion for me.  To have a passion and be able to pursue it … well … that’s priceless.  And for that, I feel grateful.  Very grateful.

I think I need a hug now.  Thanks for listening.


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  1. Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    This is my first attempt at Bloging! I have that same “hear a word or phrase and find a song to sing” Today the rain is pouring -you can guess what I am singing.
    So many choices in a quilting stash. The trick IS finding just the right one for each project. I just finished a lovely quilt using various strips of fabric from my stash. i used the cardboard boxes that classroom sets of markers come in to sort my choices. The little sections are just the right size for rolling up little strips of fabric.

  2. Posted October 9, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts. Many of us will relate.

  3. Alison Schmidt
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed reading this post, Kristyne! Thanks for sharing what goes on inside your head – and some great eye candy, too. I wish I had the pink breast cancer fundraiser Olfa rotary cutter – so silly, but pretty tools that work well make me even happier than tools that work well that are colors I don’t really like….maybe someday, I will wander into a quilt shop and there will be an unopened one just waiting for me….

  4. Linda
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Where, oh wherever do you manage to find such lovely fabric? The stores in my area never have such soft looking colors. Bright colors are also great but I prefer soft pastels much more than the loud ones and I can rarely find any.
    I do love your choices. Have fun quilting!

  5. Bari Jo
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Loved this post K! Big Hugs to you! xoxo

  6. Stephanie H
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Great post and perfectly said! My favorite parts of quilting are picking out the fabric and pattern, then comes the sewing…then comes the seam ripper! But I love it too!

  7. Marie
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I knew I had run into a kindred spirit when I ran across Kristyne’s blog a few months ago! I love quilting and she expressed those feelings very well. The tools, the fabric, the mistakes, yep its all right there. Thanks Kristyne for putting those feelings into words. (Here’s your hug). :D

  8. Linda
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink


  9. Marilyn
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Lovely post!!

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