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Can you sew love into a quilt?


Meadow by Alfred Sisley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Meadow by Alfred Sisley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A couple years ago I had an interesting conversation with my one of my friends’ husbands who is a fine artist. He paints. He told me that in the art world some people believe that there is an increase in the energy and feeling we experience when we view original art (such as an actual painting) versus reproductions (such as a poster or print).

It comes from feelings and emotion transferred from the artist. Maybe it’s just a sales pitch  or maybe not. Can the feeling and energy that an artist pours into his work be transferred to the viewer?

If it’s true, what does that mean for people who sew? I put so much love into the quilts I make and the clothes that I sew for my kids.


Can they feel my love as they sleep warm and snuggled up under a quilt handmade by me?


Does wearing handmade clothes make happier kids because they feel our love stitched into every seam?

If it is true, I guess we should try to never sew angry, right? What do you think… can you sew love into a quilt or is it just wishful thinking?

xoxo,


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7 Comments

  1. Of course you can sew love into a quilt, although some people may not be trained to appreciate it, just like some people aren’t trained to,appreciate jazz.

    There is the love you put into something you make for a person you love, which is very specific, but there is also the love the creator gives to the craft. Each decision, each movement you make in the creation, especially if done with care, reflects love of the craft, of the materials, of the process.

    The quilts my grandmother made for me are filed with love for me, even 50 years after they were crafted. But the quilt made by my great grandmother-in-law, who I never knew, is also filled with love. When I touch the fabric that she selected, and cut, and stitched together, I feel a connection.

    I feel this is true of any handmade object, if made with care. My father was a potter, and when I hold a mug or a bowl that, I feel a connection that must be love. As his daughter, it’s natural I feel this way, but I know others who feel the same. I recently heard from my college advisor, who told me that he still has, and treasures, the serving platter my father gave to him many years ago.

  2. Jennie Wallick says:

    Absolutely, there is the love for the person that receives the item. But also there is the love that the artist has for the item, after you put all the work in and feel that love of creating it. When I do a glass pet mosaic, through the pictures that I receive and the discussion with the pets family, I feel that love for the animal and try to add that to the mosaic.

  3. thank you so much for those well composed words, as well as the picture

  4. I do believe that we sew love into each and every project that we create! Yes, I also believe that we experience a heightened emotion when we view new works of art. In some ways, I think that is why we choose some of the blogs that we follow, you can feel or read the delight the writer of the post has. When you feel that it is very easy to hit the follow button. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

  5. Michelle White says:

    My Dad used to tell my Mom whether or not he felt the love in the meal she cooked. Part of him was just being a buster, but I do believe another part actually could feel whether or not she put love into it. I think you can absolutely sew love into things!

  6. Michelle White says:

    My Dad used to tell my Mom whether or not he felt the love in the meal she cooked. Part of him was just being a buster, but I do believe another part actually could feel whether or not she put love into it. I think you can absolutely sew love into things!

  7. Lisa Stevens says:

    There’s nothing like the feeling I get from crafting a quilt, pillow or any handmade piece for someone I love. I always think about that person during the process and smile. I do know that the recipients of my art FEEL THE LOVE.

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