It’s been a tradition in many American families since the 1780s… Some say it’s a dying art, but these women are keeping it alive.
Happening now…Emily Medalen is live after spending a day with a national quilting teacher as she taught her final class.
Good morning Tim and Amber, yes Cathy Wierzbicki has been traveling the United States to teach the art of quilting for over a decade.
She told me that it may be a dying art to some, but not to her.
Here’s the story.
It’s a real peaceful thing to do… no pun intended,” said Cathy Wierzbicki, National Quilting Teacher.
Cathy Wierzbicki has been piecing together tiny bits of fabric for decades to create quilts of all shapes, sizes, and patterns.
“They’re beautiful. They’re beautiful and there’s just so much love and creativity that goes into them,” said Wierzbicki.
15 years ago, she started traveling the U.S. to share her talents with others.
Since then, she has become an author, quilting teacher, and has continued to stitch pieces together in her down time.
“I have hundreds of quilts at home that I’ve made,” said Wierzbicki.
According to quiltingboard.com – a website where quilters share advice and stories about quilting – the average time to put together a quilt that would fit a full size bed is about 2 months.
“There was one year when I was doing a book, I did 22 quilts in a year,” said Wierzbicki.
That’s almost 2 a month.
She feels the tradition of quilting is one that can bring lasting comfort.
“People really cherish quilts. So, even when I’m gone, my quilts will be left behind,” said Wierzbicki.
This weekend was her last after so many years of helping others.
She says her goal in teaching has always been to help quilters be proud of their work.
“I really want to be sure that everybody is successful when they leave, so they can complete the project when they get home,” said Wierzbicki.
“So just because it’s your last class that you’re teaching, you’re not going to stop,” asked Medalen.
“Oh no. No no. I’ve got a stash of fabric at home that’s just waiting to be played with,” said Wierzbicki.
That’s really inspiring for me because my mom and aunts are all quilters, and I have been wanting to learn the art!
She told me they are encouraging younger people to learn.