Saturday, April 30, 2011
I wanted to post my thoughts on what some people/quilters refer to as 'Dumbing Down' quilting.
Quilting /sewing is a creative process. It comes from deep in our souls. It's personal. It's art. You may not do it like your neighbor or like the other girls in the guild but that's ok. Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso are both famous artists but their works are completely different. People don't say Picasso isn't a real artist because he can't paint a human face symmetrically- that's what makes him famous.
Recently a friend showed me a quilt that she had done. The fabrics were ones that I would never have in my stash. The pattern was completely "not ME" But the quilt was....BEAUTIFUL. I looked at it and could appreciate the time and effort that went into making it. I could tell in the way she talked and how she showed it to me that she was very proud of that quilt. I could see the beauty in the quilt even though it wasn't 'my style'. It IS a beautiful quilt.
I've walked the floor at Quilt Market and looked at the special exhibits. There are some AMAZING quilts out there. But most of them are ones that I would never attempt. Most artists have a particular style. Some are abstract others are realistic. It doesn't matter.
I design patterns with one purpose- to fulfill MY needs as a quilter. I started selling them because others were interested in my designs. But I never claim to be an AMAZING designer. My patterns are on the easy side. They are for the 'instant gratification' quilters (like me). But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the paper piecers, the hand stitchers, the traditional quilters. It just means that I prefer a different genre of quilting. Sometimes I might use a technique or a block that has been in the quilting circle for generations. My intent is not to imply that I made up that design. I'm just sharing it with others. If I could give reference to the original designer behind that block, I would. But can anyone tell me who the very first person to make a 9-patch, or a shoo-fly, or an Ohio star block was?
Quilting has been around for-EVER! Mother's taught their daughters and they taught their daughters. They taught their friends. In the quilting world we're all just one huge family and we're sharing basically the same designs over and over with our friends. Nothing is wrong with that. And as one person learns a new technique they might tweak it a little to their liking and that makes it all the more PERSONAL.
I don't tie quilts because it's not my preference. I don't buy lesser fabric because it's not my preference. But I understand those that do because it's their preference. If someone asks my opinion I will share it- but I'm not going to look down on you if you do something different.
This is getting lengthy. I think I better wrap up.
To all those quilters that think people are 'dumbing down' quilting I want you to ask yourself why you quilt? Your answer should be because it brings you peace, joy, and happiness. Now remember that that's what it brings to all the other quilters out there too! Regardless of what style quilting they do. If we all made the same kind of quilts in the same fabrics using the same patterns, quilting would be BORING and no one would do it.
So I say- QUILT LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic- leave a comment.
(p.s.- just got some GREAT news. I'll share next week!)
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
So I decided to spend my time doing something else. Running in circles. :o)
This is a not-so-great shot of the latest quilting I've been working on. Concentric circles. Not an easy task.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I mentioned that I would talk about my visit with Kathy in another post. Well, this is that post.
What an amazing time I had at the M&M studio in California. Everyone was so wonderful. As soon as I walked in I saw my fabrics on the table and got all giddy all over again. You see, after looking at the same computer images for months I was feeling sort of "over" them. But once I saw them in their threaded goodness I was in love once again.
The process of selecting prints for the final cut went super smooth. It was awesome that Kathy and I have the same vision for this line. Learning about the whole process was something I can't even imagine doing over the phone.
After business, it was time for fun. We met at a lovely local restaurant for dinner. Kathy and her husband, the gals from the studio (sorry, I don't remember names!) and myself and my hubs. It was delightful although I was still super nervous (!?). We had a great time. And I quite possibly had the most fabulous dessert EVER! Yes, EVER!!!
And that's about it.
Oh, what's that? You want to see pictures?
Well, it was just like me in my bundle of nerves to not even take ONE picture. Yes, I'm kicking myself now. But don't worry I'll make up for it with a plethora of pics from market in a few weeks.
btw- my second line is already in the works! :o)
Friday, April 15, 2011
- Met up with a friend I haven't seen in 20 years! Yowzah! We had a great time visiting all the old spots we used to frequent in Jr. High. A couple hours of catching up and it's as if we never lost touch.
Tuesday: -Thanks to this crazy dude we got to visit Pixar Studios.
Monday, April 11, 2011
- Finally got on the road for our 12 hour drive 2 hours late. 10 year old child was bored after 20min. in the car.
- Snow flurries and patches of blue sky with sun shining through the windshield had us turning the air from hot to cold and back again.
-Hit the Sierra's at 11pm. 23 degree temps and melted snow make fro ice-y conditions. They also make for a nervous Emily begging her husband to understand her stress even though he promises to "have it under control"- I remind him that they call accidents accidents for a reason.
- Arrive at Grandma and Grandpa's house around 1am. Lots of hugs, chit-chat, and quick to fall asleep travelers.
- After a nice sleep, wake to visit with my little Sis and her adorable baby Travis. Oh I love that boy- can't hold him enough. Allison even let me hold him while he drank his bottle- if you knew how monumental that is you would understand why I posted it.
- Hubs went fishing with the BIL (Brother-In-Law)- no catches.
- Dinner was chicken tacos from Chicken Express. I. LOVE. THEM! Grandma (my Mom) forgot to say "NO Sour Cream" so I had to scrape it off of all 6 of my tacos. Yes, 6!
- Church starts at 8:30am! Loved visiting the Vallejo 1st ward childhood church. So many faces from the past.
- BBQ at my oldest Bro's house with ALL the grand-kids in attendance. Also there, MY Grandpa who will be 96 next month! We're a loud family- but it was GREAT!
- My sis and I played a game with the rest of the fam. We went into another room and used the baby monitor to say different things while the rest of the fam. listened and tried to guess who was saying what. Hilarious! (We sound a lot alike!) Only after did Allison suggest I should have said EVERYTHING only to see how often the guessed her! :o)
I'm having a wonderful time here in Cali. The weather has been a Utahn's dream! :o)
Can't wait for what's to come in the next few days and already feeling sad and dreading our departure on Thursday.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I have this thing with Christmas fabric. I have always felt like it should be Red and Green. All this Aqua blue and other colors is really throwing me off. But lately my fabric choices have been a little less than traditional. I've been seeing the fun and out-of-the-box-ness of throwing a few extra colors in and I'm LOVING the results. Which brings me to my next project.I have always envisioned my Park City pattern in Christmas fabics. The flower applique has a slight snow-flake influence. Anyhow, these prints are FUNKY! In a good way :o) Michael Miller's Funky Christmas was just was I was looking for to go a little less than traditional with Christmas this year. Fun aqua, a splash of pink, lime-y-er green, and of course the regular red and pine green of christmas. If you're looking for some FUN this christmas, you've got to check out this line! :o) Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some sewing to do.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Would love to hear some of the fantastic April Fool's jokes you were a part of!
Hope your day is great- I'm spending mine sewing. Don't worry- pictures to come on MONDAY of all my "waiting" projects!