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Quilting Questions

A young woman who was working on her senior thesis about feminist art, sent me a short questionnaire. I thought the questions were interesting and figured I'd share:

1) When did you begin quilting?

Summer 2005

2) What/Who inspired you to begin quilting?

I simply always wanted to. I’m pretty crafty and have tried my hand at a multitude of crafts over the years. Quilting was always on my “to do” list. I bought quilting books years before I started quilting.

3) How did you learn?

Slowly! Actually, I didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine, so that was the first trick. I had the dealer show me when I bought my machine. Then, I learned out of a book. I just played and experimented with the various projects. Finally, I signed up for a class. From that point my progress was very fast!

4) What inspires your design choices?

The story I want to tell. Then fabric/color. And, sometimes what happens to be nearby or easy!

5) What kinds of quilts do you make? Functional? Gifts? Art quilts?

I make art quilts. They’re meant to be hung on the wall. I give them as gifts.

6) Do you have a favorite quilt that you have made?

Of course! I love my most recent quilt. And I’m sure I’ll feel that way about the next one too!

7) When/where do you do most of your quilting?

At home in my “office.” It’s really much more a craft space than a paperwork place these days. I work in bursts. Several strung out days and nights – 18 hours of quilting a day until it’s done!

8) What does quilting do for you? In what ways does it bring you satisfaction/pleasure?

It relaxes me. It inspires me. It is amazing what you can create with fabric and thread. I love the math, the puzzle of it. I love the texture. I enjoy the shopping. I love the finished product!

9) Why did you join a Guild?

Camaraderie, professionalism, learning.

10) Do you think that quilting is a form of feminist art?

It can be. It’s an art form. I think it’s crazy to say all quilting is feminist art. It couldn’t possibly be. Art has intention by its very nature. Some of it may be feminist art and some of it may not be. I don’t think that mine is, but I’m fine if others want to interpret it that way.

What are your answers?

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