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Thread: do not like quilting traditional quilts? what's wrong with me?

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    Perhaps something is wrong with me..I LOVE to piece a quilt ...I love quilting..but what I really don't like is ..sewing a traditional quilt that you see over and over again.....oh no!!!!!.I hope I'm not booted from here...let me explain...They are beautiful....a work of art! I admire them...I am amazed at their beauty...and those that make them....but to make one myself ?....I am not in the bit interested.,..I subscribe to all kinds of quilting magazines...and find myself flipping through the traditional looking quilts... signing..."boring"......I even made myself start a Dresden plate quilt to make myself get involved with the beauty of traditional quilts....It is sitting and I really don't like doing it...at times I think...am I really a quilter? Maybe I am too basic...I am almost finished with a quilt for my GrandDaughter...will show you this is about 2 days if I'm not shunned from this neighborhood!! :wink: ....I just sarted adding squares and strips..a few sunbonnet sues and I like it....not a " Oh my Gosh", quilt. I never do make those. Sometimes I think I am not on the same page with the rest of you that show such beautiful talent in "traditional quilting"....I have a hard time joining in on those " block of month" clubs this board has on these tried and true quilt blocks of old! I do want to, but just can't make myself do them. I guess I'm feeling guility...am I a true quilter? Sometimes I feel I'm wasting my money on these magazines when 3/4 of the "projects" are traditional quilting! How do I get over this? Do I need to get over this?

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    I think you are just extremely creative and are showing your uniqueness that makes us all different. Don't be ashamed EMBRACE it.

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    If everyone in the course of human existence only liked traditional, we'd still be lacing skins together!!

    Show your creativity!!! If it makes ya happy, that's all that matters!

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    I think you are a talented quilter but not everyone likes the same things and that goes for quilting as well. It doesn't make you any less of a quilter just because you don't care to do traditional quilting. I like looking at quilts that would be out of my comfort zone to make but that I admire for there beauty and the creativeness of the quilter.
    There are no quilt police here, enjoy doing what you do best.
    Post some pics of your works of art. I'd love to see them.




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    I think there's room for everybody here!!! The world would be pretty boring if we all had the same ideas in our heads!!

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    I like traditonal, my sister likes pieced and abstract. Neither of these things makes us bad people. There are no quilt police to say what you can like and not like or what you can enjoy and what you are not allowed to enjoy. The uniqueness of this craft is that there is room for everyone's likes and dislikes. If we all liked to work on the same thing, we'd never get any new ideas or learn any new techniques. Don't put yourself down just because your creatitivity (sp) goes in a different dirction from mine. Embrace it and do what you enjoy and do best. :-)

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    thank you Vickie...from the time I joined this board...you have been there for me! Can I send you my magazines that have all those"boring" traditional quilt patterns in them? ha!!! :D I really thought if I could produce one of these "beauties" and like it...I was a true quilter..or a quilter with an "old Soul'?

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    It's time to think out of the box. You belong here.

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    I am kind of like you. I have started some traditional quilts but half way through I end up putting in other things and the quilts usually turn out OK. I try to experiment with a new technique everytime I design a quilt and sometimes I just start with one or two blocks and let the blocks tell me what do do next. I guess all of my quilts end up to be one of a kind.[

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    Catherine, I am SO on your side of the fence! Take a look at Quilting Arts Magazine sometime. I guarantee you'll like it and it will get you going in all sorts of new directions.http://www.quiltingarts.com/qamag/qahome.html I've never made a quilt from a pattern, wouldn't dream of copying some other quilter's design, and, even when using traditional blocks, my work must be unique to me alone.

    Never apologize for taking the road less travelled. Up here in the north woods, that's where you'll find the very best scenery!

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    That just happens not to be your taste. Do the kind of quilts that appeal to your sense of style. I happen (surprisingly) to like the block swaps because they force me to use colors and values I never would use for a full quilt. Some are a real stretch.

    When I want to do something creative, just for art's sake, I generally doodle up something to applique. When I want something utilitarian, I strip piece. Patchwork satisfies both if the pattern appeals to me.

    I love the looks of paper piecing, but it is not a good method for me - too wasteful and I have to re-do blocks three times to get a usable one. I still use the method on rare occassions, but admire from afar. If you find a method of quilting that satisfies you, you will see traditional patchwork in the same light.

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    Wow, Catherine. You have said a mouthful here and I would like to comment, if you do not mind. The first thing I would like to say is that I do not think there is a single person on this message board that would ever want to shun you for expressing your opinion. I think this is a group that welcomes all quilters, no matter what their style. I do not think you have anything to "get over". From the tone of your post, I am thinking there is a very frustrated, creative woman in there trying to get out!! You need to just throw caution (and the rules) to the wind and create what makes you happy :lol: Yes, you are a quilter!!!!

    There are many styles of quilting. I happen to love traditional quilts-but I have never made one because I get very bored making the same block over and over and over again. (maybe I have ADD?). I would rather make a quilt where every block is a little different, or completely different. When I finish a quilt top I put it aside because I see what that quilt looks like-I have no desire to "waste my time" quilting it. I have no quilting ideas of my own and do not enjoy either hand or machine quilting. I have to either send a quilt out to be quilted or agonize over it myself. Yet, I still consider myself to be a quilter.

    When I was young I was taught to "stay in the lines". I do not have an original thought in my head. If you give me a blank piece of paper and tell me to draw something I am busy looking around at everyone else's paper to see what they are drawing!! I have to use a pattern to make a quilt-though I can get creative with color.

    For years I have attended quilt shows and looked at art quilts. I have no desire to ever even try to make an art quilt but, I find them to be beautiful. I appreciate all the time and TALENT that goes into them. I am fascinated by them. They are truly works of art.

    Even if your quilting style is not "like everyone elses" on this board, do not think we do not want to see your quilts, or that we will not appreciate them. There are many things in life that are not my style, but that does not mean I cannot enjoy them. PLEASE, buy some art quilt magazines, or doodle on reams of paper or roll around the floor in your fabric stash-whatever makes you feel creative-then do your thing and let us appreciate your talents!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommaB
    I think there's room for everybody here!!! The world would be pretty boring if we all had the same ideas in our heads!!
    I'm with mommaB! I have made quilts from patterns - usually from a workshop or a mystery quilt class. I have designed my own patterns, & have taken classes on art quilts too. I like to pick out the colors, don't mind cutting & piecing, like to paper piece, don't care to applique by hand, but am starting to get the hang of Steam-a-Seam! I hate to layer, baste & quilt! LOL I took a class on long-arm quilting, and enjoyed the quilting part - well, the free-style quilting part...but putting it on the machine! ACH!
    But I AM A QUILTER...and SO ARE YOU!!! And we do NEED to see pictures cuz we love the visuals of them ALL! :wink
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    How do I get over this? Do I need to get over this?
    No, you don't need to get over anything. Just enjoy the process.

    Actually, I'm kind of the same way about the quilting mags. I buy lots of them but have never actually made a quilt from them. I've also wondered if I'm wasting my time and money. But then I realized I was getting inspiration whether it be the color combinations, the way the blocks are set, the type of borders, etc.

    Keep on quilting and don't feel a bit guilty about your process or your style.

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    [quote=Catherine]..I LOVE to piece a quilt ...I love quilting..








    I think that right there, that quote, is what defines you as a quilter!

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    I am drawn to nontraditonal quilts also. I just have to get brave enough to step out and try some of them.

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    Absolutely NOTHING! Fabric is simply a medium like paint or thread or glass. What you choose to do with it, is entirely up to you!!

    Please post some of your work. I"d love to see it!
    Julie

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    Whoa!! I love traditional quilts and I love applilque quilts. For some reason I have made pieced quilts more than applique. Maybe I do less applique because someone in family is already an applique master.!! (lol) Check out her round robin center. Vicki and I do different techniques, AND we're still quilters. You have nothing to get over. You are meant to do your own thing. Go for it!!
    Vicki's sister (Virginia)

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    This past spring I visited a quilt show. It was a mix of traditional and new modern quilts using the newest fabrics available, threads and creative software. I think we are in a new time where our quilts will effect future generations at the creativity the ... new fabrics, threads and machinerly.. allow us.

    the traditional is still in my heart. I do not have the equipment for this new generation, but I can certainly enjoy the wonderful achievements!

    Yes to both, tradition and new style quilting.

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    You are in the right place at the right time. I don't think there are two quilters on this board that like the same color combinations, same blocks, or same styles. In fact, that is what attracts me to quilting. There is room for everyone---some many techniques to learn and so many styles.

    I go to the Quilt Show and have nothing but admiration (and sometimes it borders on jealousy....LOL) when I see some of the "art quilts" that have been created. My thought is always, "How did they think of that??????"--totally puzzled. And, I do emphasize these quilts have been "created"---one of a kind, totally unique and original.

    Don't beat yourself up over it, enjoy the wonderful creativity that you possess and go with it! (And, I will be waiting to see your creations) And look for another magazine to subscribe to, I'll gladly take those oldies but goodies ones. Right now, I'm just learning and am satisfied to do a tried and true block. (and hope it all fits together!!!)

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    Catherine,

    There are no fast rules - do what YOU like to do. There is nothing worse than having to sit and work on a quilt you do not enjoy... I know this from experience - it was the quilt I thought would never end. It did finally.

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    Make what moves you! Quilting is fun any way you put it. And show us pictures too. We love pictures.

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    I think if one finds joy in using thread to sew two pieces of fabric together--they are on their way to being a quilter. I don't make anything complicated because it would steal the joy out of it for me--I like simple- to-make but looks-complicated designs. :wink: There's only so much time.... I love traditional. I love the creativity. Choosing the pattern and fabrics is my favorite part of the whole process.

    Oh yeah, you are most definitely a quilter, and I second the motion to embrace all that you are. It's kind of hard to do otherwise anyway. :wink: Make decisions that bring you joy, for isn't that what being a quilter is all about?

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    I certainly have enjoyed all this support! ha...I'll stop whinning!! I have bought the magazine " art quilts"...I would love to take a course on this!!
    i have been holding back...not letting myself really express what I feel I want to create....each of you touched my heart soooo much., you have encouraged me....you know, women are so cool.....we are so understanding and loving to each other...thanks for picking me up and brushing off my doubts....and scooting me back out into the quilt world!!!I'm ready!!!! ha whewww...that was a close one

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    Dang, I was going to ask for your fabric! LOL! Just kidding. I'd love to try art quilts too. Let's do it!

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