Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quilt Festival- The Beauty

I'm on my way back to the Internatinal Quilt Festival. This is just a quick post and just one of the pictures I took. I think this quilt it beautiful in it's simplicity. It is made of raw edge pieces. They might all be triangles but probably not. I left thinking " I could attempt that."

Yesterday at Festival I sat down to eat a bite with a new book I bought. A woman joined me and began talking. She knows a whole lot about quilting. It's her 17th year. She told me there were many quilts that won awards that are sloppily done. She went on to talk about sloppy bindings etc. She wasn't impolite....she just knows alot and has an opinion.

I hope I never see what she sees. Ignorance is bliss. My breath is taken away by the quilts. While some are more my taste than others, I am stunned by what people can create. And most of those people are women.

Off to take in more beauty and do some sloppy work in the class I am taking.

1 comment :

  1. I love the quilt you have photographed, Joanna. It is beautiful! As for noticing the poor workmanship in quilts in shows...that is one way I learn, and when I was a very new quilter, seeing that even quilters ready to exhibit had made mistakes helped give me confidence that I could learn more and become a better quilter. On the days you are beating yourself up because you don't think you will ever be THAT good, seeing a wonky seam or sloppy binding (especially when you can make better ones) shows you that being a great quilter is possible. Seeing mistakes, sometimes beastly shocking mistakes in exhibited quilts is not something that diminishes my experience, neither as a viewer nor quilter. And I do think the onus is on judges to comment as to why a quilt was given an award in spite of poor workmanship. For me, crooked bindings and bad stitching diminishes the work (note I do like free form, unfettered quilting, a very different thing from poor workmanship) and disrespects both the quilt and the viewer.


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