MONA: How old were you when you started quilting?
LINDA: I made my first quilt (very poorly) when I was 11 years old.
LINDA: I didn’t start small. I believe it was bed size. I believe I gave it to you!
MONA: I never caught the sewing bug from them, but I am ever so grateful you did. How many quilts have you made?
LINDA: Probably over 200. I made 14 in the last 2 weeks!
MONA: Impressive! Do you have a favorite pattern?
LINDA: Not really. I haven’t done very intricate ones. I enjoy the look of a stack and whack one. And one called “the yellow brick road.”
MONA: What is your favorite part of the quilting process?
LINDA: That is a hard question. I enjoy the whole process, but probably the quilting (stitching the top, batting,and backing together) because it is the finishing part. I love to see the whole idea take shape and be completed.
MONA: What do you do with most of the quilts you make?
LINDA: Most of my family have at least one of my quilts.
MONA: I also have the quilt you made for Grandma Mabel when she was 95.
LINDA: Most of the quilts I make to donate to sell for $ for mission projects around the world.
MONA: I do love that about you, Linda. Have you learned any life lessons from quilting?
LINDA: No quilt can be totally perfect, only God is perfect!
MONA: All of us would do well to remember that God doesn’t call us to be perfect, whether we’re quilting, writing stories, leading a Bible study, singing in the church choir, or parenting a teenager.
LINDA: Quilting is therapy for me. As I quilt, I am reminded that God is my Master quilter taking the pieces and scraps of my life and making them into something beautiful and useful.
MONA: Have you taught others to quilt?
LINDA: I have taught a few classes to ladies at my church with the intent that they make at least one quilt to donate to sell for missions. I have one daughter who likes to quilt with me.
MONA: And you worked with my Sara, your niece, to make a photo memory quilt as a gift for my 50th birthday.
MONA: What bit of advice would you give someone who wants to start quilting?
MONA: Do you go to quilt shows or exhibits?
LINDA: I have only been to a few. I enjoy going to quilt stores and seeing what they put together.
MONA: I’ve been to a few of those quilting stores with you. None as memorable as our visit to Keepsake Quilting this past October!
MONA: Linda, are there websites, Facebook groups, or magazines that you’d recommend for quilt enthusiasts?
LINDA: I haven’t joined guilds or groups. I was taught by a few friends and I enjoy quilting with them whenever the opportunity presents itself. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you compare yourself to what other quilters can do. Find your purpose for quilting and enjoy it!
MONA: Again, great advice! And applicable on so many levels. Linda, thanks so much for joining us here and for sharing your quilting story. Thanks, too, for all the quilting you’ve been doing for my Book Launch Giveaways.
Read about the Civil War Era Squares Linda made for the eBook releases of Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore.
And that brings me to an announcement, of sorts. I’m not prepared to share details yet, but Linda is busy quilting some special items for the January release of The Quilted Heart, 3 Novellas in One Book.
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Your turn: Have you ever given or received a treasured quilt?