Quilters History of Giving
There is a long tradition of quilters making "something out of nothing." We use whatever scraps of cloth we have on hand to create a work of comfort and beauty. It was primarily women who learned to excel in the use of cloth and thread to create whatever was needed by their families.
Though there were master cloth makers of all kinds prior to technology, making things by hand later became something only the poor people did. Then, after machine work showed its dull side (lower quality, poor working conditions, etc.), hand work again rose up as an art form.
Now, in our era of needing to recycle, reuse, and repurpose everything we can in order to be kinder to the Earth, many people are again creating "something out of nothing." As both a collage artist and a quilter, I love finding pieces of paper and cloth and making a beautiful work of art out of it.
Quilters once made quilts with landmark symbols on them, hung them on the clothesline outdoors, and in this way led runaway slaves to freedom. In our present time, many quilt guild members make and donate their works to hospitals, families who have experienced disaster losses and homeless shelters. I also offer a portion of every quilt sale I make to local food and shelters and donate pieces of work for auctions to benefit local care organizations. We are all doing our best to cover the world with love.