Post on RTAM on "Tracking Today's Trends in Quiltmaking"
- Dear folks -
This email announces the post of a virtual version of a Textile Museum "Rug
and Textile Appreciation Morning" program given way back in 2009.
This program was in conjunction with an exhibition of Amish quilts the TM
had up at that time. You can see a description and one piece from this
exhibition if you use the link below (the description is the seventh down).
Jean Ann Wright, the speaker, is an experienced quilter, an editor of
quilting publications, and active in the field of quilt design. One of her
quilt design activities is to work with fabric manufacturers, using fabrics
they are producing to fashion quilt designs with them that can be used to
create "kits," to be sold to would-be quilters, who prefer not to take on
the tasks of quilt design and fabric hunting themselves.
Ms. Wright's program was entitled "Tracking Today's Tends in Quiltmaking."
It had two parts. First, she lectured to projected images of a variety of
quilt designs; then, in the second part, she led an examination and
discussion of some quilts she and members of the audience had brought into
Ms. Wright agreed that I could take photographs in her session and create a
virtual version of the program afterward. Attending and participating in
this session with me (we both brought pieces) was, Dottie Reed, an expert,
long-time, quilter friend from the Washington , D.C. area.Dottie Reed worked closely with me in fashioning this virtual version of
this program. She provided a great deal of related comment and background
for this virtual version. I have chosen to keep most Dottie's sometimes
rather detailed comments for their possible interest to real quilting
enthusiasts. I have tried to warn off other readers by labeling some
passages as likely for the "very interested." But you are hereby doubly
warned that some of the introductory material and other elaborating comments
do sometimes "go on" a bit for some tastes.
Although considerable work was done fairly soon after the session, things
stretched out as they can, and I have now lost contact with both Ms. Wright
and Dottie. So the virtual version of this program is incomplete and does
not, as it stands, reflect the advantages that complete editorial work by
Ms. Wright and Ms. Reed would have provided. Designs are often not
described, and you may be driven back, occasionally, to something close to
"eye candy." Nevertheless, this RTAM program and this post contains a great
deal that, I think, is potentially enjoyable to those of us interested in
Quilting, its enthusiasts know well, is an activity that, potentially, has
many parts. The selection-creation of the overall design, the
selection-collection of the fabrics to be used, the decision about character
of the quilt face, if sewn, whether the quilt face will be hand-stitched or
machine-stitched, and this decision must be made again when the quilting,
proper: the sewing together of the face, the batting and the back, is
Some quilters take on all of the activities that comprise quilting, but
there is considerable occasion for various divisions of labor, that allow
participation in quilt-making, even if that is considerably circumscribed.
One thing I have come to admire in quilters is their acceptance, even
encouragement, of participation in quilting at whatever level a given person
can manage. If you buy a "K-Mart" quilt kit, with a "cheater" front panel,
and put it together with machine quilting, no one will pretend that it is
not what it is, but you will likely hear positive sentences about your
efforts from most quilters.
There is something to be learned here by collectors who spend a lot of time
sorrowing about other collectors who are not acquiring the sort of material
they, themselves, admire. (End of sermon. :-) )
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I hope you enjoy this even more "virtual" than usual, post which may be,
simultaneously "unfinished," and still, perhaps, for some, sometimes
R. John Howe