Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sharing and mutants

I have a hard time remembering to share my work on the internet. My first step was to post completed quilts to my facebook page. I may start posting about the process, thanks Rossie & Modify Tradition.

A wee bit o'background: I have been quilting for about 5 years now. And I may create 5 quilts a year. Almost all of them are gifts. I am still learning the processes and I keep trying to make a better quilt. By that I mean, try with each quilt to make all of the corners line up exactly. My favorite part of the whole process is the creating of the quilt top, from choosing fabrics and the design to the cutting and sewing of the top. Well maybe not so much the cutting, if I ask really nicely my loving husband will grudgingly cut the pieces.
I love quilting and art. Yet over the years I have had a horrible time trying to verbalize and categorize my work. This is a super cool and lovely explanation of what my work is: We all have moments where we feel we are mutants. So I say embrace it and pass it along. Yet to embrace the mutant you have to know where you come from in order to pass it along. There are a few things in the article that I don't agree with.

As I grow as a quilter things get easier and as they become easy there forms an opening for more complex techniques. Not everything has to be super complex. There is a simplicity in the big blocks and Turning Twenty designs. My current piece is based on a technique that has been around for many centuries. No it's not "modern" yet the image is not traditional for the technique. I find it humorous that both the image and technique individually are many centuries old, yet somehow the combining of the two feels modern.

I feel the need to share this in many places. So, raise a glass to my first attempt to officially start blogging about my work. Ack! I am so scared...