It's almost that time of year again in my tiny neck of the woods. Festivities will start kicking off this weekend for our annual Strawberry Festival; a week long love fest of fun, all about those bright red juicy berries. So, things might be a bit quiet over here while I'm helping with the festival quilt show (as much as I can) and playing band mom to my teenager since the festival hosts three parades.
I try to keep things real over here, because life is real and it definitely isn't perfect. It's been a crazy kind of week with not a lot of quilting going on. Thanks to a much needed FaceTime gab session with Sandra (mmm!quilts) last night, this is really the first time I've felt like talking/typing in a few days. My energy was completely zapped this weekend by a sneak attack kidney infection. Once I figured out what was wrong and was able to get medication, I'm finally becoming myself again. I was probably quite the
But I am emerging from the fog and with the quilt show excepting entries starting on Monday, I am having a bit of an identity crisis and trying to figure out where I fit in. What type of quilter am I? Unfortunately, the categories do not include things like witty, funny, and best butt. For the past year I have been quilting on a HQ Sweet Sixteen instead of my domestic sewing machine. However it is still the same style of quilting, move the quilt not the machine. Longarmer or not...that is the question.
As a whole it is a smaller quilt show with 17 categorizes; two different applique, hand pieced and quilted, machine pieced hand quilted, amateur machine quilted (not longarm), large longarm, medium longarm, mixed techniqes, embroidered, baby/child quilts, large wall hanging, medium wall hanging, miniature quilt, wearables, home decor, antique and comforters. I would say that 70-80% of the quilts fall into the large/medium longarm categories and are not quilted by the piecer.
So, am I a longarm quilter? My first response answer is "no." Why? Well in my area (and I am generalizing here) most (not all) quilters that offer quilting services quilt on Statler Stitcher Gammills and offer edge to edge designs. Some however, do offer custom quilting options, still computerized not free hand. At the end of the day, I cannot compete with these quilts (not that I'm trying to). I'm just being the best Tish I can be. But to just a general public person who knows nothing about quilting these quilts, there is no explanation as to why my stitches are even-ish and lines straight-ish as compared to the computers perfect stitches and precise lines.
But is it fair for me to enter quilts quilted on my Sweet Sixteen into the "not longarm" category? Technically, I am playing with a 16" throat space...seems long to me. So what to do? I think I have found a few quilts that can fit in categories and still remain in the boundaries of the category.
1) Machine Quilted-not longarm
Zentangle is one of the last quilts I quilted on my domestic sewing machine, so it only seems right to enter it into the category. I'm proud of all the work I poured into this one and hope show viewers will enjoy all the fun textures living in the stitches.
2) Medium/Large wall hangings
What I can enter into these categories will be determined when I measure the perimeter of the quilts.
3)Miniature Quilts--defined as scaled down version of larger quilt.
Mini Flag Quilt
I even think My Pet Hamster could go in this category. They have been lenient in the past in what they have allowed in this category, so I think any of these quilts could fit in.
4) Baby/Childs Quilt
Bottom line--a quilt show isn't a show if it doesn't have quilts. Period. End of story. I think having any of these pieces in the show will represent "Tish" as a quilter. I hope that people can get to know me as an artist by seeing my different types of work. Tish loves prints, and color and most of all texture. She is not perfect and honestly doesn't want to be. I hope at least 3 people secretly reach out and touch my quilting without the white gloves because they just want to know what it feels like. That thought makes me smile more than anything.
Also, I'm excited because Dave the Quilt Engineer will be entering a few pieces for the first time!!! I'm so PROUD of him!
So maybe next year, I will lobby for the addition of a midarm category? Or maybe they can add witty, funny and greatest butt? Probably not the last three, but I do think the midarmers deserve a place to play together and have fun. I do know of a few others in the area with this type of machine.
Okay, this was a strange post for me. Maybe it's the meds? I'm pretty sure I'm not drunk. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you are still with me on quilt categories. Now it's time to nap again, so that I can quilt something later or I'm going to burst!