This is a brief follow up to yesterday's post. The picture above is a longer shot of one of the Stoudt quilts I discussed. I think it looks fascinating. I admit this style of quilt which has been featured in magazines for a few years now, really appeals to me. Usually it's neatly sewn with all seams well hidden and the whole thing is quilted in whatever manner the quilter chooses.
Ms. Stoudt has chosen two methods of making this type of quilt. In the one above the squares and rectangles are all sewn on a whole cloth background. In the other shown in detail previously, the squares seem to have been made individually and sew together so that the raw seam edges become part o the front, i.e., part of the design. I find both methods interesting.
What I'm wondering is whether some people find this kind of surface really interesting and if some find it disgusting or at least very distasteful and ugly. After all the serious quilt police give a ton of rules about neatly finishing our work. Here you have to make an emancipated leap into the world of art quilting and freedom of expression. For people like me who like things reasonably neat this could be discomforting on the one hand or very freeing on the other. For example in the classical music genre atonal works set my teeth on edge and heavy metal makes me want to run for cover or to throw a huge sound-proofing tarp over the band or boombox producing it. I wonder how other people feel about this sort of quilting.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!