Mickey DePre, Mickey is sometimes something of a night owl working on her quilts in the quiet of the night. She blogged the other day about making a “Farmers Wife” quilt by a certain date. Some of her regular readers started asking questions, hence this mornings blog post.
I just had this conversation with a friend from the old Alex Anderson message board yesterday. Most, not all, most art quilters started quilting with traditional quilts, fabrics maybe even hand piecing. Melly Testa, an art quilter for sure, does a lot by hand although her quilts do not have a traditional look.
I like that the quilting community is so broad in aspect – allowing a lot of room for quilters to express who they are in this particular art form. It’s why I’ve titled my lecture, “Quilting is a Beautiful and Complicated Art”. The process of creating a quilt is an art form in and of itself. There are a lot of details as quilters that we need to think through in order for a quilt to become a quilt. Fabric, pattern, using the fabric in the pattern for the best effect, batting, thread weight and color for quilting, trapunto (?), backing, type of quilting. Each step has an effect on the next and adds to the overall beauty of a quilt.
I’m glad that traditional work is still very much alive, including hand work, especially with quilters like Jinny Beyer. As I look around I see a lot of quilters enjoying the process of hand work in a way that gives them great fulfillment as quilters. Hand work and reproduction fabrics are still wildly popular and will always be in the quilting community with good reason.
I’m appreciative too that a lot of quilters lean more towards art quilting and using fabric, thread and batting in non traditional ways. There are a lot of quilters who bridge both traditional and art quilting and will always retain their love and appreciation for traditional quilting and it’s beauty.
Whether traditional or art quilting is where you find the deepest beauty in the process of quilting the important thing from my view is enjoying the process and the beauty of the finished quilt.