Quilting seems to be a hobby of the past, but UNC first-year Olivia Sallis has found it and used it as a way to destress and manage her time.
Through projects like a colorful going-away quilt for her Spanish teacher a few years back to selling custom-made quilts through Facebook, Sallis has made it both a unique hobby and a business that she can learn from.
“I learned financial skills and marketing skills from quilting,” Sallis said. “I made a website for my business so I learned a bunch of skills from quilting in general. Also, the actual art of quilting requires a lot of detail and dexterity.”
Sallis is not alone in the business of making quilts for commission, friends and family. A local quilting group, Seymour Quilters, has made it a social opportunity to encourage each other in creating their various personal projects.
In the past, the Seymour Quilters met weekly to work together and quilt for charity, but since the pandemic, their meeting format has changed. Instead, they meet online every other Monday to stay connected and share their quarantine creativity.