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Thread: When is it not a quilt?

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    Super Member Homemother's Avatar
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    I have seen various reactions to quilts on the board, almost exclusively positive. Occasionally, someone says a project is not "quilting". An example would be Carly Bryer's work. They have pieced together fabric (not angular pieces), it's sandwiched, and then quilted. I don't understand why such a work would not be considered quilting. Aren't all our quilts a work of art as well as a quilt to be loved, whether admired by the eye or by snuggling with it?

    Thanks! I am looking forward to your opinions!!!

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    am thinking those that say it is not quilting or a quilt are self appointed quilt police. To them I spread raspberries all over. PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTT

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    I subscribe to the techincal definition, because it just makes it easier. Quilting is the actual threadwork that combines/joins the layers together. Piecing or piecework is the combining of fabrics or other materials to create an image or design.
    So to this ....its not a quilt until layers have been joined/combined with thread.
    Its final function is of no consequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    am thinking those that say it is not quilting or a quilt are self appointed quilt police. To them I spread raspberries all over. PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTT
    Giggle!

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    I also believe in the technical theory. Fabric panels that are painted with a few stitches thrown in aren't quilts to me, they are paintings. Quilts were not called quilts many many years ago, they were called patchwork, that is how they were defined.

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    I agree. We all have different opinions and it isn't up to us to say what is a quilt and what isn't. I went to a guild meeting and someone was showing their quilts (whole cloth) that they made and were so proud of. One member kept insisting they weren't real quilts. It caused such an uproar I never went back.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    am thinking those that say it is not quilting or a quilt are self appointed quilt police. To them I spread raspberries all over. PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTT

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    I define a quilt as a type of blanket with two layers of fabric stitched together with some kind of batting in between. (Of course a whole cloth quilt is a quilt!) I give credit to "quilts" that are not quilted, but tied, and to those that don't have batting (such as Cathedral Windows quilts, summer quilts, yo-yo quilts, etc.) A bag or garment that is quilted is not a quilt, but it is a quilted item.

    I actually think that definitions are important for clear communication, but I wouldn't argue with another quilter about whether her item is a quilt or not. What purpose would that serve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homemother
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    am thinking those that say it is not quilting or a quilt are self appointed quilt police. To them I spread raspberries all over. PFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTTT
    Giggle!
    :thumbup:

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    I am fairly new at quilting, but as far as I'm concerned, a quilt is what covers a bed or a person, no matter the size.
    What irritates me are wall hangings.
    If it is a wall hanging, it should be categorized as a wall hanging.
    If it is quilted, it is a quilted wall hanging.
    This idea of finding a pattern you really like and then find it is a wall hanging and only gives size and directions for a wall hanging is completely absurd to me.
    Yes, some are quite beautiful, but they are still not quilts, they are wall hangings.
    There, I finally got that out of my system. I hope somebody agrees with me.

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    I have to add my vote to the technical definition... 2 layers of fabric (whole or pieced) separated by a layer of filler (batting, wadding, or other insulative material) and stitched together in some form ( either continuos stitches, or tied, or a combination of the 2).
    How those fabric layers are treated, be it pieced, applique'd, paper pieced, or left whole should not change the definition.
    Treatments applied to the surface of the fabric are just that... surface treatments... again they neither make or break the concept of quilt.

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