MAKER-GIVER SERIES Part 2 of 2. Quilter Linda has made more than 40 quilts this year … most of which are in the grateful hands of others. Check out some of her 2015 Collection.
Photo Creds: Linda Laird (Part 1 and Linda’s scenic photos here)
“You will find yourself giving most of your creations away too. It feels so good when you give one to someone and they use it.”
– Linda Laird
God created, sew should we.
“I believe we all have a gift of creativity in one form or other and it would be wrong of us to keep these talents to ourselves,” says Millington, Tennessee quilt maker Linda Laird.
This year the proliferate quilter has lived out her personal passion by making more than 40 quilts, most of which she has gifted to others.
Linda has also created “about 20” American Girl Doll outfits. She is an avid photographer, published author (Oreo’s Journal) and border collie flyball competitor.
“I have made lots of little dog crate quilts and a few wall hangings but my lap size and baby quilts and crib sets have taken me to new heights of productivity this year.”
The talented machine quilter’s generous heart has touched Angel Quilt Project (AQP) preemies and their families, chemotherapy patients, k-9’s, personal friends and family.
“Some of the quilts I’ve made were for herding trials or flyball raffles … dog people love anything with dog-related fabrics or themes.”
“I made a lot of quilts as gifts for people battling cancer. They take the quilts with them for chemo treatments. The quilt I made for a flyball teammate’s mother was the most rewarding. She took it to every treatment. I found out after her treatments she is now cancer free,” Linda said.
To design her creations Linda takes inspirational cue from the eventual quilt owners’ interests or life work. Linda’s friends also inspire her creations.
“I made several quilts as gift to friends this year,” she said referencing one she made for a high school chum who wears flip-flops year round. “I found a cute appliqué and made the most colorful quilt for her. She was totally surprised.
Linda’s friend cried and said “I can’t believe you made such a special gift for me. I love it!” For Linda, that made the time and energy she put into the quilt “so worthwhile.”
“There is no better satisfaction than when a quilt is finished and I am pleased with the results of my efforts. When I give the quilt to who it’s made for and they’re happy with the results, my heart does a leap and my pride and confidence grows,” Linda said.
“It’s addictive, that feeling, very addictive and I can’t wait
to start another quilt.” Linda Laird.
Married: High School Sweetheart, Kenny.
Linda’s & Kenny’s Fam: Two adult sons, three grandkids, pooches Bailey and Oreo.
Home: Countryside near Millington, TN
Years Quilting: About 14. Lifelong seamstress.
Equipment: A Singer and a Bernina Quilters Edition
Prewash or Not? Not usually.
Swears by: Fuzion erasable pens
Style: Traditional with an occasional venture out of the the comfort zone.
God created, sew should we. [Creative Joy = Therapy = Undeniable Rippling Effects.] Our stories as makers are valuable. [Life is humbling. Sharing our journeys is uplifting and productive.]
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Thank you again for a very flattering story, this totally made my day. I have to tell you, this week while making the last AQP baby quilt I literally stitched my finger under the sewing machine and the needle broke in my finger…went all the way through…OUCH! It’s been very sore but I managed to work anyway to finish that and one more gift for a Christmas present by keeping my finger wrapped and bandaged. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, taking pain meds and when I read this I was uplifted. Feeling pretty good now.
Janelle Jones says
Linda, I am SO SORRY to hear about your accident. My sister injured herself last summer (cut off a portion of her finger with the rotary). Finger injuries throb and tend to stay sore a long time. Glad this article was uplifting … and hope it inspires others to pursue their creative passions. Your story is amazing and just continues … Blessings and hope for a speedy complete recovery.