Sarah from LoveCrafts.com invited me to participate in their Blog Personality of the Year Contest by blogging about Why I Make.
For me, the answer to that question is that it’s Caring put into action.
Although I haven’t worked as an RN for a number of years, the reason I chose my career is that I wanted to physically care for people in need. I wanted to make a difference.
In my post nursing life, I still feel the need to make a difference and I do that by focusing my creative life on making items that are beautiful, functional and provide warmth.
I design and make quilts, knit hats, scarves, and baby blankets and crochet blankets all with the purpose of donating them to people in need, those going through difficult times, or as a thank you to veterans who have served our country.
I share my creative activities here on the blog and through my MaryQuilts.com website, I provide brief instructions for my quilts and am always thrilled to hear that individuals and groups are using them to make quilts for donation. It feels great to know that I am contributing on a larger scale by inspiring and providing the free instructions for other quilters.
Many of my crochet and knit items are made from free patterns I’ve found on Ravelry – you can see my projects and find the patterns I’ve used for them at this link.