Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Recommendation

I just finished watching a very interesting episode of the PBS show Frontline. The title of the episode was "Digital Nation." It originally aired on Feb. 2, 2010. I watched it through Netflix. We recently purchased a new Blue Ray player that came with the ability to access Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, and several other online sites. Along with the player came a free two weeks Netflix membership. We signed up for the "one DVD at a time and the ability to stream as much as we want" membership. I watched the Digital Nation on TV streamed through Netflix. I am seriously considering canceling our cable TV service, ... but I digress.

The Frontline episode was very interesting and thought provoking and well done. I expect no less from PBS. If you have an opportunity to watch the episode, I recommend it.

What does this have to do with quilting? Absolutely nothing. And everything. I have been thinking a lot lately about why I quilt (or craft). Is it just to make stuff? I don't think so because I could buy a quilt for a lot less than it costs me to make one. I haven't got a concise answer to that question yet but I believe it has something to do with the act of making something that takes time and is hand-made, one-of-a-kind. In this digital age in which I literally have the world at my finger tips when I'm online, there is something therapeutic about this process of making a quilt. Why do you quilt (or craft)?


Deanna said...

I have decided that I do it because I am a builder by nature. I would rather be that than a destroyer or even a consumer. Quilting combines building with love in a unique way.

Stephanie in Michigan said...

Hi Lynn, what an interesting post. I will have to be buying a new blue ray player soon, as our house was broken into and ours was stolen. Oh well...sounds like you have a really interesting solution to TV!

Why do I quilt? I think I enjoy the creative process of choosing colors, patterns, and making something my own that no one else has. I also love touching and fondling the fabric, thread, etc. Furthermore, I am such a "gearhead." I love all the tools and supplies I get to play with. I think it is fascinating to learn how things go together and how things work. I think that's one of the things I love about quilting and sewing in general. Have a great day!

Melissa ;-) said...

Funny you should ask because a friend and I just had this conversation. I am in a job that is boring and going nowhere, but it pays well and with a new house and a kid in college in this market I should feel blessed rather than abused. So why do I feel so blue? Last week when I finished a small quilt I had made for hubby's grandma I realized I felt absurdly happy. Proud of my accomplishment and pleased with the design, sure, but more than that - Happy! I quilt and sew and stitch because I love the FEELING of being creative and I love making something from a stack of nothing and I love that my creations will (hopefully) outlast me or be used to death by someone who loves them. When I finish a piece I see it as a tangible representation of my and my thoughts, feelings, and ideals. (Sorry to post on your post!)