Friday, October 30, 2009
If you have been following the discussion on crazy quilt embellishers you may have read the controversy that started when Gerry Krueger of www.OlderRose@yahoo.com posted a few of her blocks that she made into pictures as opposed to wallhangings, quilts, etc. She said and I agree that we all have blocks that we have done in RR;s or classes that you really don't want to make into a large quilt, etc. She said she has made vests, purses, you name it and I can so agree with her as I have done the same. I now have wallhangings with no walls to hang them on and the kids run when they see me coming with a package. My daughter has a large one in her sunroom, one small one in her sewing room and one in her guest bedroom so she is set for life. The other two sons I have made christmas tree skirts for and I believe they are happy to stop there which is fine with me. I do this because I enjoy and want to do it whatever it turns out to be.
I just finished framing and bringing down a block that I made at Judith Baker Montano's retreat 2 years ago. My suitcases were in transit for 3-4 days and when class started and me with nothing Judith kindly let me use her fabrics to at least piece a block. Well the minute I look at this I see Judith as they certainly are her colors. I really like it but could not see me making a whole quilt or wallhanging out of this. I also felt bad with it just sitting because I think it turned out great. Well it is now sitting on a glass top table as you come in our front door in Florida.
I am in total agreement with Gerry and think whatever we do with our handwork is ours to say.
Please go to Gerry's blog if you don't know of it and look at her beautiful work plus just her lifestyle with animals will make you smile. I don't know how the woman does it all.