Quilters' Questions for you all
I see quilting referred to as a craft, as an art, and as a hobby. Through the years, it's probably even been thought of as a utility, using scraps of fabric re-purposed to keep people warm at night.
How do you think of quilting and how do you think of yourself as a quilter? Because this may be influenced by how long you've been doing it, let us know how long you've been practicing too and how you got started.
I would love to see answers from those of you who don't often post, too!
I made my first quilt - just a bunch of 4" squares - for a friend's first baby over 20 years ago. Then I didn't make another one until the mid-1990s. Guess that first experience wasn't too positive or I would have kept it up. Mostly I think I felt like I wasn't very good at it. But when I re-discovered quilting, thanks to some gorgeous Jinny Beyer fabric, I was hooked. I fell in love with fabric, colors, patterns. I didn't grow as a quilter though until I found this forum around 2005 or 06. You people taught me so much and gave me the confidence to try more and more techniques. My mother Dorothy and my great aunt Julia made quilts but nothing artsy or even particularly pretty: lots of love in them but not much planning or design. Of course, I cherish the quilts I have from both of them.
I flip between thinking of myself as a artisan and an artist. I consider myself more than a hobbiest but not sure what to call myself. I don't think I'm technically proficient enough to be a really good craftsman or artisan, although I would like to be; maybe I'll get there when I'm retired. When I see the quilts of professionals I don't feel comfortable calling myself an artist but I recognize that I bring a lot of creativity to my quilting. I rarely use patterns and become bored almost instantly if I have to make the same block more than twice.
I think quilting can be a craft or an art, depending on the quilter and what they bring to the project. So, even though I asked the question, I don't really know how to answer it for myself! Although I use machines and typically select my fabrics very carefully, I feel an emotional connection to past quilters who sewed by candlelight on the prairie. And I also feel a connection to the incredible artists who do things with color and form that I can't ever hope to achieve, but who obviously love the color and form and fabric as much as I do.
I guess I'll just have to settle for calling myself a quilter.