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Being a long time quilter, I consider myself a "functional" quilter - meaning
I make quilts to be drug around by small children, nestled in on rainy & snowy
days with a good book, and snuggled under on a cold winter night. It doesn't
hurt if they are also taken to college, used for picnics and otherwise loved
There is another side of me, however, that yearns to be an "artistic" quilter.
I spend many hours pouring over my quilt magazines and visiting quilt shows
admiring the various wall quilts that involve various techniques. I tell
myself that this is the "next" level - and indeed, many famous quilters began
by making a simple 9 patch as their first effort.
It is important to know that whether they are "traditional" or "artistic"
quilts have meaning. Each block in a traditional quilt carries a history with
it from it's designer. Even the simplest postage stamp quilts (made from
100's of tiny 1" squares) are often developed using all the art elements much
like abstract art.
Perhaps there is no "art" without meaning - since it comes from the heart of
the creator, there must always be meaning no matter how personal.
kim (a quilter)