Donating finished quilts brings joy to Chino woman
Quilting was just one of the many chores required of colonial women. Historic journals state that most colonial women did their quilting from May through November because the light was better, which made it easier for them to see the fine stitching they had to do. In these modern times, quilting has become faster and easier, according to experienced quilter, Robin Peterson of Chino Valley.
"I just love quilting! My problem is I see a different technique and I want to try it, even though I don't need another quilt," Robin smiled.
Robin has always loved sewing and years ago started taking some quilting classes.
"I enjoyed it so much I just kept taking them because it was a great social time too," Robin said.
Unfortunately in 1994, doctors diagnosed Robin with multiple sclerosis, which affected her left side. Although the disease limits her physical activities, such as housecleaning and shopping, Robin is still able to sew and quilt.
"Now when I'm sewing, it's harder for me to guide the material through the machine, so I've learned to use my arm rather than my hand," Robin explained.
Robin's husband, Harold, is a big help to her.
"Harold is so good to do the housework and shopping for me and he also keeps me supplied with material and batting for my quilting and never complains about it," Robin said.
Over the years Robin has made hundreds of quilts and says she averages about 30 a year.
"Of all the quilts I've made, I've never sold any of them; I donate them to charities," Robin said. "I also love to teach other people to quilt. I guess I'm always hoping I can get people as hooked on it as I am."
Since moving to Chino Valley about three years ago, Robin has joined two quilting clubs and keeps busy making quilts that the clubs give to Meals on Wheels and the Crisis Center.
Robin loves the beautiful colors and patterns of the fabric she uses when sewing and making quilts.
"Making these quilts gives me something to do with my time and makes me feel useful and productive," she said.
Robin's love of color comes naturally from her dad who also loved bright colors.
"Because my dad also loved bright colors, I used to make him shirts in Hawaiian prints and other colorful patterns. He passed away last December, so my mother sent me a bunch of the shirts I had made him plus some of his T-shirts with sayings on them," Robin said. " I made a quilt for my mom with my dad's shirts and put his favorite saying right in the middle of the quilt, 'Everybody is entitled to my Opinion.' She loved it!"