Just before posting some very nice pictures of her latest work in progress, Deborah asked the question "Do You Like Your Quilt Guild?" I actually don't belong to a guild and the reasons have mostly to do with knowing in advance that I could never meet the goals they set. It is frowned upon, so I have heard, if you don't keep up with your charity quilts. I am all in favor of charity, and charity quilts too for that matter, but I know there would just never be enough hours. Guilds aside, though, I do belong to a small group of quilting friends that gather once a month to sew, share, snack and discuss. I love all of these women and consider them dear friends. They enrich my life greatly and it is hard to express sometimes just how great a blessing they are. All that being said, to a woman they are traditional quilters. That means they cannot give me feedback on my art quilts. Example: "But how do you wash that?" Me(patiently) "I don't, it is for the wall. I don't usually wash my paintings." So, it would be a good idea for me to interact with art quilters on a regular basis, which is what I hope to accomplish here and elsewhere.
Thank you to Mel and the other Jen for commenting on the last post. (The question was about using commercial fabric or not in your art.)I understand perfectly that in Mrs. Mel's quilts it must be her own fabric. Here is an example of another quilt artist whose work I like,Ruth McDowell, and I don't think it takes away from her work when she makes use of commercial fabric because of how she uses it (it's not the focus, just a bit of texture or whatever).