Quilting is a multi-step process. To put the wheels in motion, quilters first need to pick a pattern, fabrics and the stuffing, or batting, that makes up the middle of the quilt. They have to measure and cut the fabrics into blocks. They have to sew, by hand or by machine, the blocks together to create the top layer of the quilt. They have to attach the batting to the top layer, making sure it doesn't spill over the edges. They have to bind the back layer to the front.
"I have never met a quilter who had time to be bored," Cerutti said.
Ardyce Elmore grew up watching her mother quilt. The process fascinated her, and she long dreamed of being a quilter herself. But as a math teacher, she figured she didn't have the time to dedicate to the hobby. Instead, she told herself, one of the first things she would do when she retired was take up quilting.
The time commitment isn't daunting to people who are passionate about quilting. Joe Wilson remembers seeing that in his two friends who were quilters before he was. The three of them used to go on road trips. The women were always stopping at quilting shops to look at fabric, to talk to the shop owners, to buy things they could incorporate into their next creations.
For Wilson, it wasn't fun. It got to the point that when the women called him to go somewhere, he'd ask, "Is this really just a quilt run?" If it was, he said, count him out.
Then one of the women told him that he could probably make a quilt if he tried. It was a challenge. Wilson accepted. He sat down and made his first quilt, and he was surprised.
He liked it.