When I taught Spanish and French I used to wish that I had been able to expose my students to the language at a younger age. People learn another language but they will never sound native after puberty, they will always have an accent. What prompted me to think about this? I'm glad you asked. There was an article about the peak age to do or learn certain activities which I read recently.
Here is a screen shot of the chart included with the article. Are you noticing what is missing? Exactly, they do not address what is the peak age for quilting!
I guess it is up to us. Let's take into account various factors.
Money available - For me personally, I had to put machines on layaway and buy just the fabric I needed until my children were on their own. I would put this at age 60+.
Time available - I don't know about everyone but I worked full time and raised two children. For a while I was a single Mom. I have had more time since I retired completely. Again I would say from 60 on.
Eyesight - Hmm, I have never had the eyes of a sharp shooter but certainly they've been better. I guess before people start wearing bifocals which is younger than 40.
Stamina - I think this is an individual question but I have found my sewing stamina is about the same now as it was in my earlier years. I would guess it's from 30 to 70+?
Creativity - I am way more creative now than I was as an early quilter. I have learned the basics and ready to try it on my own. I also think this is tied to time but I think the span is from 50 to 75?
Confidence - When I was younger, I was not nearly as confident about life as I am now. In fact, when I taught AP French I waited for a knock to come at the door and someone to say, come with me. We know you are not qualified, just come quietly and we won't expose you as a fraud. I think confidence starts at 40 and goes up. Let's say 40 to 80.
If we add up the small numbers you get 280. The larger numbers add up to 385. Divide both by 6 and you get a span of 46 to 64 years.
So there you have it, my totally biased and unscientific survey with a sample size of one (me) concludes that the peak age for quilting is from 46 to 64 years.
This survey has a margin of error of plus or minus a couple of dozen years. Or maybe more? Possibly less? Hey, I am a quilter not a scientist or mathematician.
What say you? What does your survey conclude?
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Or does it all really change that much at different ages? Read this post for a contrary point of view.