I love the fact that some very brave fabric artists threw caution to the wind and took quilting to a new level. There are so many ways available now for us to use fabric and to even make it more custom; even dye your own fabric.
While I love to gaze over quilts that are made the traditional way, the perfection it takes to put one together makes me grit my teeth and grasp for air. I respect the work that goes into a complicated pattern with perfect stitching but for me, I don’t feel that bubble of excitement that I get from tossing around ideas and then using the information from the tutorials and books to make it happen.
I just read a book that Alisa Burke wrote and watched her DVD called Sew Wild. I am sure her ways aren’t for everyone but for me it’s very freeing. I can’t wait to try out some of her ideas, maybe even try my hand at fabric painting.
I think it’s fabric artists like Alisa that have helped bring the quilting world into the frontline of art and helped put some sizzle into the craft and through the internet we can see both kinds of quilts; traditional and rule breaking quilts. Thirty years ago our quilts sat on shelves or hopefully were used by friends and family but now they are display for the world to see and enjoy.
The quilting industry has grown in response to fabric artists involvement. New fabrics, threads, sewing machines, books, magazines, classes and ways to market these items have blossomed and brought employment to people who are earning money in a craft they love.
I am so glad there is room for all types of quilters. It’s brought me hours of enjoyment; I have learned how to play with fabrics and look forward to going into my dining room studio every day.