I recently explored the website Quilt Horizon by artist Dave Daniels. He’s an amazing example of one person having So. Much. Talent. Here is how he describes his approach to quilting:
For many, many years I have worked on lots of crafts. There are endless pleasures from being able to work with my hands. Be it designing and building furniture, planning a garden, or decorating an interior, there is very little more satisfying than to sit down and make a quilt. What a pleasure it is to express myself in ways that are beyond words.
I like being a craftsman, and enjoy learning crafts. There is an ancestry to them. A tradition. A sense of community. Who was the first person to gather their scraps and make a quilt? What was in the mind of the first person to gather some herbs and make tea? These are the topics I wonder about. These are the things in life that are meant to be shared and carried onward.
When asked about his mission?
I would like to be able to inspire others, as I myself have been inspired. To encourage people to try something new. It is only through learning that we can continue to grow. I am putting myself out there in the hopes of helping and being helped by others.
If you have a talent or know a craft, share it with someone. Show a child what you have learned. Let them carry along these skills and your memory. I have lost many people in my lifetime. What I have found that brings them back to me is what I have learned from them. I can be making a particular recipe, and I remember the person that showed me how to do it. Every time, and they are right there showing me again. It sticks to my soul in ways that I never would have thought about when I was younger. The skills I have were inspired along my way through life, and I am grateful for having them. Please, share what you know, and learn what you want.