Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Quilting vs. Piecing

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary:

Quilt: to stitch or sew in layers with padding in between

Piecing: to join into a whole

I've been reading a lot of quilting mags and sites lately and there seems to be a thing about "painted" quilts. As in, quilts where the creator declares with pride that it was "Pieced, not painted." Has anyone else noticed this?

I remember reading on a site or forum where someone said they were tired of people just painting a quilt or using a photo and just quilting it. Hmm. And this is different from doing a wholecloth quilt, how? LOL. I mean, that's how I view quilts like that.

The last time I looked, it's the quilting itself that makes something a quilt, not the process used to create the top itself--whether pieced or painted. Whooooo! LOL. I know I've been playing the antagonist lately, but geesh, I'm sick of the griping. I do think art quilts are definitely more accepted, but man, if it's not one thing it's another. Change is good, people!

Change is GOOD!

3 comments:

Sharkeysday said...

Well and it's all amazingly ironic if you consider that painters are (in general) snobby about quilters being "crafters". Funny quilters should be snotty about painters.
I sort of feel that all fiber artists...painters, beaders, quilters, embellishers, art/sane/crazy or whatever should bond together in a world of fiber art. I'm amazed at the talent and it would be neat if they'd all just look at it that way! :-)

diva of quilts said...

It's all wonderful! I just wish I had the time to make one of everything.

deb said...

People seem to be more adept at creating divisions than chumming up and basking in commonalities.

I find myself going back and forth between the two activities which separately, have their limitations, but when combined, open up whole new design directions.