To make and to give.
“By making quilts and giving them away- it’s like almost giving away part of yourself, because you’re putting a lot of your energy and creative thoughts into it. I think it really fits into our whole culture…You can’t compare it to going to the store and buying a gift and giving it to somebody else. The quilts sometimes might take you two or three years of your time, time that you really don’t have, but you make that time, because you love that person and you want to make something special for him.” –Lydia Whirlwind Soldier (Sioux), 1993.
Found: To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions through my Textiles of the Americas class. These are just the words to describe how I feel when I make something for someone as a gift.