As I was working on step 3 of Bonnie Hunter’s new mystery (Roll, Roll Cotton Boll http://www.quiltville.com ),I was throwing in any old fabric I could find with a neutral background. I have birds, poinsettias, candy canes, Christmas trees, dog bones, pigs, and chickens, calicoes, and big florals, stripes, as well as other vague patterns. I loved the mishmashed “anything goes” look of it.
But I got to thinking about “show quilts”. This last year I got to take a workshop given by a famous quilter. But when I look at her quilts, I see lots of things I like, but I also see lots of things I like are missing.
It seems more and more that the big show winners are less and less like the quilts I like to make. Quilts that have interesting and surprising textures and wonderful patchwork. Quilts that perhaps show a sense of humor and don’t take themselves too seriously. The winning quilts have a limited amount of patchwork, a maximum amount of dense (sometimes computerized) quilting, sometimes very impractical jewels, cording, thread play, and other embellishments. And while they are works of art, they aren’t very inviting to put on your bed or sleep under. They should be hung in galleries and admired, but I’m not sure I’d call them a quilt. Perhaps there should be a quilt show for only patchwork quilts.
Does anyone else feel that way?