Thursday, April 14, 2005
I started this quilt way back in January at a Phil Beaver workshop at Road to California. I am farther along on the stitching than these pictures show, but I am still finishing up. I am going to trim the first backing and batt and then do a pillow case finish with plain black before I finish the quilting. I enjoyed this class tremendously, although Phil seemed a little miffed that I didn't want to use his pattern or quilt in neat lines inside the shapes. He actually told me he thought my quilt would look like "something you got at Wal-Mart" if I didn't quilt it his way. I should probably title this "My Wal-Mart Quilt."
To me, it still looks quite a bit like what everyone else did, so I'm not sure you can call it art. (So, am I right in thinking that workshop pieces are not original enough to be called art IF everyone is working on pretty much the same thing?) I loved learning the technique, though, which is the whole point of a workshop. Now, here's the really great thing about quilt art...if it's really and truly original and yours, then you can show it in a quilt show or in an art venue. If it's a workshop piece, you can still show it at the quilt show. Right?