Last year the Utah Quilt Guild had Mary Mashuta as a guest speaker and presenter at annual meeting. Flora invited Laura and I to go with her and I was anxious to get in the luncheon lecture Mary spoke at. Flora ended up having a grandchild born (of all things!) and so Laura and I went together. It was loads of fun and memorable for me because of my studying Mary's quilts for a while now. I took my dog earred and well used Cotton Candy Quilts book and a sharpie with me. Like a true groupie I waited in line to have her autograph my book. She noted the name of the lecture and slide show she presented with her autograph. It was thrilling to meet her. I don't really think she was impressed with my gushing, however.
There is no doubt that Mary, Roberta, Nancy Martin and others have had a great influence in my work. They are all fabulous quilters. I love making scrap quilts. There is something more primitive and "real" in making quilts with what is on hand. Our local quilt group had a stash challenge 2 years ago, I think. It inspired me to try to dent my scraps and produce quilts from what I had on hand in a way many quilters had for centuries. (of course I won, I had to!)
I've been preparing for a trunk show the Utah Valley Quilt Guild invited me to present next week and gathering quilts from around the house thinking about what I could offer other than just show-n-tell.
I have a philosophy I thought I'd share with my blog friends. I know usually many bloggers skim pictures and don't take the time to read so I usually try to keep it fairly short. But I thought I'd put this out there anyway.
Quotable notes from Roberta Horton in “Scrap Quilts, The Art of Making Do”
“I’m convinced that hiding inside all of us is a creative side which we don’t always access. Sometimes we don’t even realize it exists. Being creative merely means that we make our own choices, and we learn to be satisfied with our own images or our own version of how a quilt should or can be made.”
“I love fabric, so quilts made with a lot of different fabrics give me more to look at, more to love. I am forced to read the entire surface of the quilt to find all the variety in the fabric patterns and colors. It’s sort of like a treasure hunt. In contrast, I only have to read one of the blocks in a repeated block quilt if the fabric usage is duplicated. It doesn’t seem to matter how complicated and complex the construction of an individual block may be. Once is enough! That quilt maker wasted a lot of effort to entertain me; there’s nothing new for me to see. A pillow or cushion would have consumed as much of my interest and curiosity. . . . A scrap quilt is impossible to memorize. It would require a lengthy phone conversation to a fellow quilt maker to describe a good scrap quilt. Not so for the repeat-fabric quilt. All that would be necessary would be a short statement which includes the pattern, the block size, and a brief inventory of the fabrics.”
“Ofttimes I’ve admired a scrap quilt only to discover that I didn’t like some of the fabrics used in it. I probably wouldn’t have bought that fabric in the first place. At least, I wouldn’t have had certain fabrics touch each other in a shared seam. How could this be? It’s important to understand the relationships between fabrics. They don’t all do the same job within a quilt or a block. Some are there to catch our attention, others merely cover the batting. Some form a contrast so we can better appreciate the beauty of another one.”
Quote from Darlene Zimmerman quoting Bonnie Hunter:
How Many Quilts? After having been asked how many quilts I’ve made, who I’m making this one for, or that one for, or why, and how many quilts do I think I need . . . I came to the following conclusion:
I am a creator, an artist, just as much as a painter is . . .Does anyone ask a painter who he is painting for or why he is painting yet another landscape? How many pictures/portraits he has painted? How many canvases or paintings does he need? NO! Does a painter stop wanting to paint because he has reached some number that symbolizes the end of his need to paint? “Okay that’s #100, I’m done now . . .” I create because I am driven to create. My medium just happens to be fabric and thread instead of oil or acrylics on canvas . . . but I create for the same reason . . to express myself, to share myself, to experiment . . . Even if the quilt doesn’t have a purpose, a recipient, a reason. Quilting is my voice. I Quilt therefor I am.
edit: Eileen is sponsoring a summer stash challenge. I am going to join. I don't know how much I'll get done but I think its a fabulous summer idea. Go read about it at Eileen's blog.