Today we create art in many forms and for different reasons. At one time not too many years removed women made quilts for practical and necessary reasons. They kept people warm, and quilting was a way for them to use extra fabric that was left from handmade garments. In those days many people were very frugal and didn't like waste. Today we make them to decorate our bedrooms and other living spaces, or for our babies and children to use as throws during cold weather. We make them out of a desire to master an art that has faded from our past. We love the workmanship of our ancestors. We feel closer to our roots, and I can't speak for quilt artists; but I know that creating something that brings joy and usefulness to others bring a satisfaction to artists of all media.
The three photos below illustrate Miriam's text. Enjoy:)