(and happy Jelly Bean Day)
I've always said that quilting is the perfect hobby. Not only can artists and crafters alike express their need to create or have busy hands through the medium of fabric, but they serving a dual purpose while doing so. Perhaps they are creating something utilitarian for their home, like a new bed cover, or celebrating a family milestone such as a new baby or wedding with a gift of a quilt. In such a disposable, big-box society, it is refreshing to create, give, and receive things that are made to last and to be cherished for generations. We even use up our extra fabric for scrap quilts and charity pillow cases and blankets. The early quilters used old clothes - they were the first to reuse and recycle.
This Earth Day, let's celebrate our love of quilting as one of the early 'green' crafts. (And eat jelly beans.)
On the subject of creating gifts and using leftover fabric, Tammie had one of her ever-popular Coiled Bowl classes yesterday and we saw some fabulous creations coming out of StitchCraft at the end of a cloudy Sunday afternoon (a perfect day for a class!)