a. Quilting

This is broadly the technique of stitching together of padding and fabric to make a blanket or table cover.  Historically, the skill was used to make blankets.  They found that scraps of fabric could be saved by stitching pieces.  There are hundreds of different patterns and techniques. 

If you know what a thimble is then you probably know more about quilting that the author of this website.  A thimble is a small hard cup worn over the finger to protect it from being poked by a needle during the stitching process. 

b. Hand Stitching

The dedicated ones use the hand quilting technique.  This is where a needle and thread are used by hand to sew the entire area.  A frame holds the fabric level while the stitching.  The sewing machine is much faster, but feels too commercial for many. 

Sewing garments often use a 5/8 inch seam allowance, but many use a ¼ inch allowance.  This takes more skill and practice.  Do not obsess over mistakes.  Many times these mistakes impart unique features to a quilt design.  This distinguishes them from manufactured ones.  Since a handmade one is a work of art, it is a tradition to stitch in your name, the quilt name if you have one, and the date. 

Many have clubs where fellow quilters work together and talk about the topics of the day, share stories, or spread positive rumors.  These clubs are often the source of life-long friendships.  Studies have shown that it is one of the more effective activities in reducing stress.  

c. Organizations

There are many, many organizations that ask that they donate their quilts distribute them to people in need throughout the world.  The names of these organizations are on-line.  There are also organizations such as the American Quilter’s Society, and The American Sewing Guild.  An internet search using Yelp™ can find clubs in your area.

d. Connection to Healing Fear

Can you guess which fear that this Joy can help cure?  Here is a hint.  What does a thimble do? 

It helps heal the “Fear of Needles”.  That should have been the obvious one.  Can you think of anything else?   Hint.  What does a blanket do? 

Can you name any quilter who is afraid of the cold or freezing to death?   They may think of things like that, but they do not fear it.  They conquer things like that.    

Here is another one.  They are frugal.  They save and use discarded pieces of fabric.   It helps those who have difficulties managing their money and resources. 

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