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> From: MzVogo
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: MEANING
> Date: Sunday, February 07, 1999 10:06 PM
> I am a bit out of the loop here, since I havent' read my mail in a week
> frankly just deleted most of it in order to get "caught up" however I
> with interest Brenda's comments about the quilts.
> Being a long time quilter, I consider myself a "functional" quilter -
> I make quilts to be drug around by small children, nestled in on rainy &
> days with a good book, and snuggled under on a cold winter night. It
> hurt if they are also taken to college, used for picnics and otherwise
> to death.
> There is another side of me, however, that yearns to be an "artistic"
> I spend many hours pouring over my quilt magazines and visiting quilt
> admiring the various wall quilts that involve various techniques. I tell
> myself that this is the "next" level - and indeed, many famous quilters
> 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
> 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
> like abstract art.
> Perhaps there is no "art" without meaning - since it comes from the heart
> the creator, there must always be meaning no matter how personal.
> kim (a quilter)