I’m interested in you opinions.
Do you design a quilt, or do you use a prepared pattern? maybe you want to create your own quilt from a pattern you’ve seen in a book or a magazine. Just add a little something extra and make it your own.
Sometimes I sit in lectures at quilt events and listened to people who have a self-determined genre in quilting and I think “goodness how did they think of that” The scope for quilt design is limitless and there are so many ways to come up with a pattern. I for one think that we should use everything that is available to us.
I gave a presentation recently. The next day a lady stopped me in passing and asked me if I printed my patterns onto fabric from the computer? She said if you do, I think that’s cheating. I’m really not sure what she meant. I told her that what she saw in the presentation had been my drawing on fabric.
I don’t think the word ‘cheating’ comes into the equation when you are designing your own piece of textile art. I can design a magnificent quilt in a very short time in EQ7….. is that cheating or is that using your computer and design skills to achieve the end product. Is it any different to using pen and paper?
I study the art of painters and try to use some of their ideas for brush strokes in my quilts… what would you call that?
I re-created a quilt from a very old pattern. I drew the pattern from the original, it was quilted in a totally different genre, I added my own ‘mojo’ to the pattern and it won a lot of awards.
Yes, I was told by one of the those ‘someone’ people, well really it’s not a proper quilt it’s just a copy……! Gulp.