Kety de Kwaasteniet

When I discovered quilting everything fell into place – it was truly love at first sight, it absorbed me completely and it has never failed to stimulate me and has certainly never bored me. The great diversity that quilting offers means that my creative appetite is satisfied continually. The quilting world is enormous – from festivals to exhibitions to workshops to quilting bees and retreats. It constantly brings you in contact with others that share the same passion.

But why and how does it fill my creative desire – what does quilting mean to me?

Firstly, because it is collaborative – even the making of a quilt can be a sharing process, examples of this is participation in sew-a-longs, swapping blocks and making memory quilts for a lost one. Gifting a quilt gives pleasure not only to the recipient but also to the giver, the creator.  The pleasure gained is then again collaborative – a sharing process. The actual making of a quilt is good for the soul, it provides a period of mindfulness in a busy and sometimes chaotic and unkind world. Experience has learned that a recipient of a quilt can gain solace from knowing that someone cared enough to make it for him/her – something that should never be underestimated.

Secondly, there are so many new techniques to learn, you are never finished learning or experimenting with techniques or colours.

It has become my mission to share my passion for quilting, spreading the word that quilting is  for all people of all ages everywhere in the world. Also, that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to make or design quilts but should be considered an expression of individuality in a collaborative setting.

What could be better?

Kety de Kwaasteniet