At last week’s EBMQG meeting we determined the subject of our June meeting – Family. This really got me thinking about my roots, and about quilters and traditions and sharing. My maternal grandfather was an upholsterer, and woodworker among other things. His mother was an amazing seamstress as well, from sweet dresses to polyester leisure suits. My grandmother and great, great grandmother on my paternal side were quilters. What I’m getting at is, there is a long history of crafting, sewing and quilting in my family.
A regularly debated question in my own household is, is this propensity towards sewing/quilting (or some other behavior) nature or nurture? There is alot of gray area here, but I am more in the nature camp myself. My other half, sees things more absolute than I and wholeheartedly believes you are a product of your environment. Agreed, kids often imitate their parents/role models. I too, saw my mother sew regularly – she made many of my finer church dresses for years. I wanted to learn to sew because I saw my mother doing it. What keeps me interested though, is deeper than that. As an adult I yearn for the tactile experience. The need to solve the puzzle (every project is a puzzle in it’s own way) is something that comes from within me. It’s not just a need to emulate or a practical solution to preserve tradition, although both those things play into it. I also love the camaraderie of sharing with others, and learning from others too. It’s a bonding experience that I treasure weather it is with my own mother or my lovely friends at the EBMQG.
I believe sewing & the need to sew/craft/create is part of my genetic makeup somehow… Or… maybe it’s determined at birth by how the stars are aligned… How else do you explain that so many of us at EBMQG are pisceans??? Coincidence? I think not.
Where do you stand in the nature v. nurture debate?