Last week I enjoyed seeing many beautiful show quality quilts. Quilts by Joe Cunningham, Susan Cleveland, and Barbara Olson, they were inspiring. The detail. The quilting. WOW!!! I was in awe at the amazing talent. And while these show stopping quilts impress me no end. For better or worse they are not the quilts I make.
I have only enter a quilt in a show once. The only good thing the judges had to say about it was that I am good with color. And while their critique did not discourage me. I won’t be entering anymore quilts in shows. I’m just not that kind of quilter.
I’m quick and dirty. Some of my friends, mostly those who don’t quilt think I’m disparaging myself. I’m not. I know the quality of my work while wonderful to the novice would have the quilt police all over me. Good thing I can out run the quilt police. Or at least avoid them. I’m the quilter that believes there are no rules in quilting only guidelines.
My quilts are more utilitarian. I want them used. They go on picnics and to football games. I want them to become blakies and snugly, cuddly things. I want them used to swaddle babies. I want children to use them for walls in their tents and forts.
I want teenagers to huddle under them at campfires and movies.
To be a place where newly weds make love and toddlers crawl between sleepy parents.
I want them to become thread bare and patched, full of memories, comfort and love.
Let those with far more patience than me make show quilts. I’ll take my imperfect, quick and dirty quilts and share them with those I love.