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7 Things I Learned from Quilting

Seven Things I learned from Quilting


Hang around the Amish long enough and you will soon find yourself gardening, cooking and quilting. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Isn’t it true though, that when you read about a group of people, it causes you to pause . . . and consider? A small garden is a lot of fun, especially the harvest. Cooking at home can be something you look forward to instead of a chore, and it’s usually less expensive than eating out. Then there’s the quilting . . .

The thing is that I’m a beginner! So my journey into the quilting world has been slow and full of missteps. Recently I attended my first quilting retreat, and now I’m officially hooked. Which doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing yet. I’m learning though. I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learned with you, because what you learn in quilting can often apply to other parts of your life.


  1. It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s much better than trying to figure it out on your own.
  2. A mistake is something you can learn to live with.
  3. Slower is better. It’s not a race!
  4. Each quilt is a “learning quilt,” but I can still share it with someone who would like the comfort of a homemade quilt.
  5. You’re not the first person to make that mistake, and you won’t be the last.
  6. Everyone’s final product looks different – the things you create reflect your personality.
  7. When you enjoy something, you find time for it.

In the last month I’ve taken off an entire week for a quilt retreat, given myself a “free day” to quilt and taken “quilt breaks” in the middle of the day. It’s fun for me, and it’s relaxing. When I’m at my sewing machine, I am not on my computer which is good for my eyes, my wrists and my shoulders. And when I’m quilting, I’m thinking about and praying for the person I plan to give the project to. (No worries, I’m still meeting my writing deadlines!)

One day perhaps I’ll be a professional quilter—maybe. Maybe not. But it’s not my skill that is so important. I certainly want to get better, but more than that I want to bless folks with something that I’ve created especially for them. Which is probably an attitude that I learned from the Amish.


What about you? Any special projects you’ve taken up lately?
I’d love to hear about them.


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Vannetta Chapman (29 Posts)

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. She now writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.


  1. What a beautiful article and a neat way to think, Vannetta. I especially like when you say that while you are quilting you are praying for whomever you are giving the quilt to. That is wonderful, a quilt that is filled with prayers for the new owner.

  2. Linda Hoffman says:

    quilting is my therapy! When I’m quilting, my worries fade away. I read somewhere that a quilt is what YOU want to make it, there’s no right or wrong way – as long as you make them with lots of love and prayers in your heart!

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