Written by Laura Chaney, daughter
Last week’s poll was all about QUILT BACKING!
Our voters were split 50/50 last week when we asked, “What method do you most commonly use when you make your quilt backing?” Pieced backings and single fabric backings had an equal number of votes, but our commenters noted that it seems to be becoming more common than it was previously to see pieced backings.
This week’s poll is all about the KINDS OF QUILTS that you usually make: art quilts, show quilts or functional quilts.
I used to feel a bit sad when I’d go to a quilt show and see quilts on display, and mentally compare them to my own quilts. These show quilts for more intricate, more detailed and more “perfect” than anything I could ever imagine making on my own.
Then, a few years ago Mom and I were at a class a the Paducah show that was all about finishing a show quilt: attaching mitered binding, inserting a hanging sleeve and adding a label. And that’s when it hit me, that there are different kinds of quilts, with different purposes, and different steps to making them perfect for their intended use. If you’re making a quilt for a grandchild to snuggle under, the mitered binding doesn’t have to be perfect for the child to love the quilt. A good lesson for me to learn.
Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio
Laura when you say art quilts, I think of quilts to hang on the wall as art and not necessarily a certain style such as modern or free form, etc. But some people refer to art quilts as super artistic in nature, when to me an art or wall quilt can be a simple traditional quilt block like a churn dash or log cabin that is smaller than a bed quilt and simply made to hang on the wall. So I suppose it depends on the interpretation of "art quilt" as to the polling response you might receive.
Also functional quilts could mean their function is to hang on the wall as a piece of art too. So there is a lot of room for interpretation here, lol!!! I tend to make smaller quilts as art for the wall or for the table such as table runners, toppers. To me they are both functional and art. Sorry to confuse the issue, but the way others interpret this could be different and therefore your poll responses might not be as accurate, depending on how others view this question. Just sharing my thoughts here.
I just went to a big show and nearly cried. I will never make quilts like the big girls, but my family likes them anyway.