I wanted to acknowledge and share some very insightful comments left on my previous post about Quilt Con trends. I had asserted that, "Traditional quilt shows typically praise the merits of near-perfection, pristine points, meticulous detail, and the ability to accomplish the seemingly impossible through countless hours of painstaking effort coupled with years of experience over all other aspects; modern quilts are valued more for their ability to evoke a response through a dramatic original design." (Please note that Quilt Con photographs are for the sake of visual beauty, rather than to illustrate the points being made.)
Christa of Christa's Quilts referred to this emphasis on design when she wrote, "I loved the quilts of QuiltCon because you could really see the heart and soul that went into each of them. I enjoyed viewing so may original compositions and appreciate that there was such an emphasis on aesthetics and design."Without further ado, I'm going to share some lessons I learned from the awesome folks who drop by my blogging home. I have taken brief experts from the comments to highlight specific realizations I have come to based on their insight, but I encourage you to read the full versions at my original post.
1. Appreciate the work of others.
2. As Angela Walters says, "Don't forget the purpose of your quilt."
I have spent the last many years learning from better quilters than I and understanding the aspects that make quilts able to withstand a child dragging it around for years; going through many washings and a lot of tears as they face life.
4. Competition, whether modern or traditional, subjects your work to public scrutiny.
- Pretend the quilt's maker is standing right behind me when I make commentary about a quilt. After all, it's quite possible. You know the phrase, "If you can't say something nice..." (Judges are exempted from this rule, and optimally provide useful critique while still being nice.)
- Remind myself that others' opinions or my quilt's failure to receive professional accolades does not depreciate the value of my quilt or its personal meaning.
- My quilting can always improve, but i's my choice how much perfectionism I want to apply to my work.
- If I'm going to enter a competition, I'd better bring it. I also need to realize that no matter how much awesomeness I bring to the table, my quilt isn't going to be for everyone. As they say, "Different strokes for different folks," and "You can't please them all."