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 Quilting ...  A Versatile Hobby

by Nikki Willhite

 

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It is hard to find time for hobbies. Life has just gotten so busy. Having said that, all the more reason for us to make the time for hobbies. Stress is not a joke. Everyone needs a way to keep stress down in their lives, and hobbies can be the answer for a lot of people.

 

Quilting and patchwork is a great, versatile hobby on many levels.

 

First of all, there are so many different kinds of projects that you can make. If you don't have a lot of time, you can make small items. If you like longer, more difficult projects, the sky is the limit.

 

It is also versatile in that there are so many ways to do it while accomplishing the same thing. Again, you have your choice on the level of difficulty and the amount of time to accomplish your project.

 

Finally, quilting is a wonderful way to turn a hobby into a charitable enterprise. There are many organizations that are in need of quilts.

 

When the weather turns cold, warm quilts are collected curbside for the homeless. They are appreciated in shelters; especially the ones with women and children.

 

Hospital collect them for babies and children. The Red Cross collects them. The police collect them. Whenever or wherever there is a situation when warmth and comfort is needed, a quilt is often used.

 

Small  quilts are great gifts for babies, and always appreciate by new mothers in any circumstance.

 

Lap size quilts are also collected and used in facilities for the elderly to keep people warm in their wheelchairs.

 

If you want to contribute to charity, but don't have the time to make a quilt, small projects like table runners and pillows sell well at fund raising bazaars.

 

You can find all kinds of free patterns on the Internet to make easy items for charity. Here are a couple places to find quick patterns.  Visit frugal quilting to find easy and quick blocks to make for charity quilts.

 

Remember, when you make a quilt, you do not have to hand stitch the layers together. I don't have the time or patience to do that, but I admire the people who do.
 

Quilts can be stitched on the machine, or they can be tied. Once you pin the layers together, it is just a matter of using a piece of embroidery floss or yarn and using a square knot to tie the layers together. (Husbands are particularly useful for this purpose.)

 

If you are looking for a hobby, think about patchwork and quilting. Visit one of your local quilt shops and look at the projects on display. For most quilters, it is "love at first sight."  

 

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

 

 

 

 

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