Continuing to work through the discussion guide about “Why Quilts Matter“, today I want to focus on:
[W]hat are the aspects of quilt making with which you most identify?
So what are the aspects of a quilt? I brainstormed for a bit and came up with this non-inclusive list:
- quilt top
I think the great thing about quilting is that there are so many avenues for expression and exploration, and there are an amazing amount of tools and resources available to support the areas that you don’t want to focus on in quilt making (we can buy fabric bundles to take the stress out of color grouping and selection, we can purchase quilt patterns, we can send off quilts to be quilted and bound by others, etc.). So in some ways, I feel like it is sometimes easier to know what aspect of a quilt I identify with the least because I struggled with that aspect of the quilt.
Personally, I find that each quilt is unique and what I identify with most in one quilt that I make might be very different from what I identify with in my next project. For some quilts I am utterly focused on the meaning and intent behind the quilt. Other quilts I am exploring a new design. Some quilts I choose to focus on a color. Other quilts are whole cloth quilting explorations.
The tie that seems to connect all my quilts together, though, is the joy and love of handmade creation. The sense of accomplishment and “I did that!” never seems to wear off, and touching / holding a quilt that I created is a unique physical pleasure.
Do you most strongly identify with one portion of the quilting process, or can you identify a different commonality that keeps you quilting?