Welcome back to the Sunday Sewcial! I hope you’ll come in and
sit, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and chat with us. The more the merrier, so feel free to invite your friends to stop by!
Last week we introduced ourselves, and what fun that was! We learned that when Cindy talks about her “feather-faced” children, she means her birds. (How many of you had to do a double-take on that one?) And that Susanna (like others of you) is a crime-show junkie. I love getting to know all of you better!
This week, I’d like to take the opportunity to learn what kinds of quilts you all prefer. Anything is fair game here, so if you like more than one style, that’s fine, or if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool fan of one particular thing, that’s okay too. There is always room for everyone at the table. Always.
If this is your first Sunday Sewcial, take just a second to introduce yourself today. We would all love to know who we’re talking with. Seeing people speak up in the comments tickles me silly, so indulge me, will ya?
I really love all quilts, which is probably a good thing considering my work, eh? That said, I don’t necessarily like all of them. But that’s kind of a story for another day. Crazy quilts are probably among my least favorites, though, partly because I see a million of them, partly because most of them are in terrible condition, and partly because, even though there is great individuality in the placement of items and the different embroidery stitches, the fact that they were “the done thing” kind of makes me squirm.
I love historic quilts, of course, those finely-crafted, heavily-quilted early pieces from the first half of the nineteenth century. Many of them fill me with wonder and questions about what all they have seen. I am also fond of Midwestern quilts, many from the 1930s and 40s, the kind that I grew up with. I love them for their sense of comfort and stability. Modern quilts appeal to me for their sculptural, graphic qualities. As you’ll see below, I like big, bold, statement-making pieces. But I love the soft and squishy ones too. Really, there are so few I don’t love. It’s even better when stories come with the quilts, but that doesn’t happen so much with the old ones. Even new quilts that I appraise, though, can tell some amazing tales.
I guess my choice of color in the quilts I make comes as no surprise…
What I love most of all, though, are quilts that show evidence of some spunk in the maker, proof of a life. When I am debating whether or not to buy a quilt, I first think about whether or not it made me laugh when I first saw it. That’s almost a guarantee that I will buy it. The blocks I showed you yesterday are a case in point.
There is often such a sense of joy, or of sureness of spirit, in quilts that I love. I can’t necessarily define it for you, but I know it when I see it. I don’t own the one below, but isn’t it amazing? Such color! All those motifs, painstakingly hand-appliqued, came right out of her head. I don’t mean they weren’t real things and people, but you can bet she didn’t have any handy-dandy applique pattern to follow. Part of the appeal, for me, anyway, is the disparity of scale. The brown horse, for example, is bigger than the green barn below (as are the birds sitting atop that barn). The leaves in the right-side border are bigger than anything. She was definitely grooving to her own beat. And how wonderful is that? You can read more about the quilt here.
But this is meant to be about you all. While I know some of you, and am familiar with your quilts, I’d really like for you to tell the rest of the group about them. What are your favorite quilts? Why do you love them? Do you make the same kinds of quilts that you would collect? Do you make them for use or for show? Tell us about them!