Thursday, November 03, 2005

Simply Quilts or quilting simply

Yesterday I had the chance to be at home, so at 8:30 am I got to see Simply Quilts.
The guest artist was Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, and they showed some of her amazing work.
She creates her quilts slowly, doing much of the work by hand, and the spirit and story emerge gradually as they tell her what they need to be. I LOVE Dr. Mazloomi's work and am so impressed by all she has done and is doing. Treat yourself and spend some time at her website.

This got me to thinking about how much I favor machine work over hand work, and how I am sometimes too impatient to let things evolve as they need to. Quiltmaking is not supposed to be a race, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that.

7 comments:

Deb R said...

"Quiltmaking is not supposed to be a race, and sometimes I need to remind myself of that."

It isn't?? Damn. NOW you tell me! ;-)

Karoda said...

I love hand work but hardly ever do it...I work slow even with a machine and I have a sense of urgency around creating pieces that reflect me...but you are certainly right it isn't a race, but feels like it...a race against time.

jenclair said...

I enjoyed seeing her this morning, but her web site is also excellent - more quilts to look at and more time to enjoy them.

gabrielle said...

Jenny, now you know why I work by hand. There is something so meditative about it. I feel as if I am really a part of the work. Thanks for the great link to Dr. Mazoloomi's work...very impressive work.

Nines said...

I know what you mean! Sometimes I am pushing myself so hard to "get it done" that I wonder Why? The process is as important as the goal- maybe is the goal. Thanks for the reminder!

Deborah said...

Did you know Dr. Mazloomi is organizing a collection of quilts inspired by Jazz music? Our own Sonji and Elle are both exhibitors! I wish I could tivo simply quilts. I am much too lazy to record it.

Debra Spincic said...

My last piece was done entirely by hand and I loved doing it--rather reminded my of a time when I could sit on the couch without guilt and sew. Now, I feel more compelled to be in my studio. I am striving to meet a happy medium because I think both processes speak to our needs.