Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ten Reasons I Quilt

I was asked to share a little something about my quilting at "Girls Night Out" which is an outreach ministry. I've never been before but thought, Yea, why not? Last night was my presentation. A few weeks ago I was thinking about what I could share in about 20 minutes. I thought 10 reasons I quilt giving me about 2 minutes per reason showing a quilt. It worked out great and I thought I'd share some of it here. (not all of these photos came from last nights talk, but these are the quilts I shared)

I started by showing my first quilt and letting them know how I got started. (1993!)

And in no particular order:
For friendship: A Round Robin

To Commemorate: My Jubilee Quilt

To Commemorate: Our trip to Denmark

Mental Therapy: A project to work on while at my dad's bedside in his last few months.




Raise Awareness: Alzheimer's Art Quilt initiative. I donated and sold all of my little quilts, but brought Juliann's that I had purchased and told them about the project.

Recreate History:

Challenge Myself: 
To Decorate:
For Warmth:

For comfort:  The woman who asked me to speak was the woman I made this quilt for with her husbands shirts.  When she was introducing me she told them what that quilt means to her. It was special.
The Spirit Moves You:
I ended with this quilt I put the binding on a couple weeks ago. The fabric has the words Love More and I had decided I would give her to the woman I went to Guatemala with. We shared something special and feel like I learned to "Love More" with her.



I totally caught her off guard, but it was a perfect way to end the presentation.

I think speaking in front of people got me ready to do that in a few weeks at the guild workshop and lecture. 
Happy Wednesday!


45 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to share your quilts!

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  2. Great presentation! and a very special ending...

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  3. How special. What a wonderful presentation. You captured "the reason for quilting" perfectly and I'll bet you may have picked up a few new quilters. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a lovely presentation! Fun to see my little quilt too.

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  5. Your "Reasons to Quilt" are perfect! It hits the nail on the head, but I hadn't really ever put it into words. It makes so much sense.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Many times I feel "Twice Blessed" when I quilt. I feel the joy of creating and stitching and then I feel the joy when I give the quilt away. I bet it was hard to limit your selection to just 10 quilts. . .

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  7. Hiw wonderful. I loved learning your reason's. Miss you!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, Lori! I enjoyed hearing why you quilt...:o))

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  9. Thanks for sharing, Lori! I enjoyed hearing why you quilt...:o))

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  10. Felicidades!!
    veo que fue un día emocionante para muchas amigas
    saludos

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  11. A very good idea for a program. You could extend the program time by showing another quilt in some of the categories and you are off and running to do guild programs and workshops.

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  12. Wonderful reasons to quilt! I'm sure you were inspiring!

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  13. A great presentation, Lori! I am so glad we got to be in on the gift of the surprise quilt. That was tender!

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  14. Reading this brought tears to my eyes.... We quilt for so many reasons I just never thought of it before. Thanks!

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  15. What a great presentation. Wish I could have been there.

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  16. What a great time you all had. So nice you gave a quilt to your friend also. All of the quilts are so pretty. I greatly admire all of your work :)

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  17. What an amazing presentation! I'm sure you have inspired at least one audience member to pick up a needle and thread. I wish I was there to hear your talk. I'm teary eyed reading this post!

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  18. deaar lori,what a nice presentation of your wonderful work,happyy stitching,susi

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  19. Such a good post, Lori! Love, love reading your blog. Thank you.

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  20. What a wonderful presentation! It's got me thinking now about why I quilt. Some reasons are similar to yours but not all :0) What a lovely gift! I think it would be good if we all could learn to "love more"!

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  21. Great post! I enjoyed reading about your quilting motivation. I share many of the same. Love your quilts.

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  22. Great presentation, you captured all the reasons we quilt.

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  23. I can't believe your first quilt! Amazing! This was such a great way to share your love of quilting and all it means to you. I think we all share those feelings but it is hard to put into words sometimes, you did an excellent job. Such a lovely surprise for your friend and the perfect ending to your presentation!

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  24. What a great topic for a presentation! Each of your quilts represents your point very well. And finishing with a gift, that's special!

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  25. I enjoyed hearing your talk and seeing your quilts as always. Most of all the sharing from your heart! Hugs

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  26. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing ....you communicate so well!

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  27. Wish I could have been there. You have 10 great reasons for quilting. Love this post!

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  28. How cool is that ? What an awesome 20 minutes. Beautiful quilts -- AND -- you shared your heart. You're a special lady. Hugs, Karen

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  29. Wonderful and good for you! And I totally agree with your reasons for quilting. Lovely quilts.

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  30. So nice to see this presentation and the beautiful surprise endind :)

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  31. Beautiful quilts and all with a story behind them! Gotta love the reasons why we quilt! :-)

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  32. Your presentation was so creative to present your lovely quilts. I'm sure it was enjoyed by all. I want you to know I am the proud owner of one of your Alzheimer quilts. It hangs in my sewing room and I enjoy it every day.

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    1. Ah, that is sweet for me to be reminded! My friend, who was in the audience, owns one as well.

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  33. Sounds like it was a beautiful presentation and I Love your stated reasons why you quilt. We should all take a moment and ponder this. Thanks for the inspiration. Your quilts are lovely!

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  34. What a fantastic presentation!! I love how connected you are to each quilt...they do record a history for us :)

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  35. WOW! I don't know I could come up with 10 reasons. I do have one more for you, though: use up stash!!! ;-)
    Loved what you said!!

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  36. Ahhh... How fun for you! Love how you wrapped up your presentation too.:)

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  37. what a heartfelt post. I loved reading it.

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  38. Ten very good reasons and so well shown. Congratulations Lori.

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  39. Very interesting and insightful post. Quite thought provoking too. I feel I quilt only to fulfill my desire to create and make things. I will work more mindfully in the future. How lovely it must have been to be in the audience and hear your ideas, see your beautiful quilts.

    lizzy

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  40. Great job, The lady you went to Guatemala with, will always see you, and the time you shared when she looks at that quilt!
    How very special. I love the Dear Jane. Great Blog, Laurie

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  41. Loved this post and your reasons!

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  42. congrats on your talk. I'm sure they LOVED IT
    you looked beautiful - nice dress and boots !!

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  43. What a fun presentation! I'm sure everyone loved it.

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  44. What a warm (yet organized) and personal way to structure your talk - it must have been so good.

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