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    Hoping for some help from you!?

    I am in my final quarter of college and will have my degree in accounting in 5 weeks! Yay! My problem lies in the fact that I have been trying to fo an informative speech for a week now and my brain is so fried that I cannot even form correct thoughts! I am doing my speech on quilting and how it is not just something 'your grandmother used to do' but how it has become an art form as well. Can anyone toss a couple ideas, a few sentences that I can use to help demonstrate where I am coming from. Like I said, my brain is mush! Six months ago this would have been easy, but this last quarter has really pushed me beyond limits! I just need a month in my sewing room to get back to normal. Thank you all in advance!!!
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    I would use pictures of some of the very intricate patterns and compare to some of the simple patterns and go on to explain how they are all art. Maybe include some of the picture quilts that are so popular now. Show some thread painting also. Another point to make is how mothers and daughters quilt together. Good luck and congratulations on completing your degree. I know how that feels!!!!
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    For me quilting is a wonderful way to express myself. I can be very creative and do something difficult that takes a lot of time and energy or I can do something that does not take a lot of energy or skill. This is probably not what you are looking for but it is just my thoughts. Good luck with your speech.
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    Thank you both so much!!! They are both great, and lorrainne, it is exactly what I was looking for!!!
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    but by the moments that take our breath away.

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    I did a presentation on quilting for 2 of my classes (I will be done with my Associates Degree in Registered Vet Tech in 5 months!!!). I focused on the history of quilting re: why women quilted, what supplies they had available, quilting bees as a social activity for the prairie women, when the sewing machine was invented, etc. I then went on to the inventions that have made the process of quilting easier: Fabric in abundance, Scissors, rotary cutters, plexiglass templates vs. paper, rulers, printed patterns, die cut machines, advanced sewing machines, long arm machines. I discussed how quilting is not only a utility need but also quilts that are made just for show, quilt shows etc. I also took in some of my quilts for visual aids!

    I just tried to find my report on my computer but I guess I did it before my computer crashed and the mother board had to be replaced. I could dig to see if I have a hard copy of it if you would be interested in seeing it, I would be willing to share!!!
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    Thank you!! That would be great! I am trying to do mine on the difference between tradional quilting and art quilts to show people what a broad range of items that are available. Any thoughts that might just jog my brain at the moment would be great! You also see what I mean by my brain being mush! lol Congrats on your degree as well!!! That is awesome!!!
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    Try this website for a very informative presentation about quilts - history, personal expression, art, politics, economics. It is much broader than many other sources.

    http://www.whyquiltsmatter.org

    I believe one of the episodes centered on traditional quilting vs. art quilting -- current controversy, what they have in common, definition of art, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelehuston View Post
    Thank you!! That would be great! I am trying to do mine on the difference between tradional quilting and art quilts to show people what a broad range of items that are available. Any thoughts that might just jog my brain at the moment would be great! You also see what I mean by my brain being mush! lol Congrats on your degree as well!!! That is awesome!!!
    Hey, I found my hard copy!!! PM me your regular email address and I will scan it and send it to you. I don't have my power point presentation either but I have a printed copy of my slides that I scan and send to you. There is also a reference page for citation of the information that I used.
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    How 'long' should your presentation be? (Time wise)

    I can think of two approaches -

    1) A narrow topic discussed relatively thoroughly (a 10 foot wide river that is 20 feet deep) such as the development of sewing needles, or cutting tools, or printing processes, or how fabric is woven

    2) Or a lot of topics barely touched on (A 100 foot wide river that is 6 inches deep) such as the overall history and development of quilting.

    You might also take into consideration who will be in your audience. How can quilting be relevant to them?

    Maybe how math is used? Maybe do a presentation on a rag quilt made from old jeans and flannel shirts? How computer programs are used in designing now (as compared to graph paper)?

    Will you be doing 'show and tell'? Using charts and illustrations? Power point?

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    Art quilts use the traditional techniques in a new form of expression. I think traditional quilts are also a creative outlet in the choice of colors, prints and pattern. Sometimes following a pattern and tweeking it, is an art form.

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    Being that your degree is in accounting, I'm really wondering, why in the last 5 wks, you'd be doing a presentation about quilting?

    As an idea ... why not do an accountant's look at quilting!
    In a lot of ways, successful quilting is all about #s .... and you could even have fun about the costs of creation, labour, ROI, etc.
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    I was wondering the same thing...but do know that there is a lot of math involved in quilting and thought maybe that could be worked in someway. Good luck with your presentation!

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Being that your degree is in accounting, I'm really wondering, why in the last 5 wks, you'd be doing a presentation about quilting?

    As an idea ... why not do an accountant's look at quilting!
    In a lot of ways, successful quilting is all about #s .... and you could even have fun about the costs of creation, labour, ROI, etc.

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    quilters rise up to help like the pillowcase dresses for Hati, quilts of Valor, and there are pillowcases to name just a few. We quilt for our pleasure and the pleasure of others.

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    Congrats on getting your degree. I agree there is a lot of math in quilt making. Since you will be an accountant I would lean towards that. Good luck I hope you boll them over with your knowledge.
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    I would do some research on how expensive fabrics and quilting has gotten. Someone posted on QB the actual price of making a quilt and it is substancial. Can anyone one make a living at selling quilts today? Then look at some of the big prizes that expert quilter's can get for a prize winning quilt at a big show. Those people are the few super talented ones and not the general public. (at least not me) I know quilting isn't all about making money but since it's an accounting course, I would think that could be the angle to go from.

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    Don't forget the mental therapy that quilting offers. When the rest of the world is out of your control, what you do with quilting is completely under your control...well, okay, almost completely. Anyway, quilting is an escape from reality that I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would do some research on how expensive fabrics and quilting has gotten. Someone posted on QB the actual price of making a quilt and it is substancial. Can anyone one make a living at selling quilts today? Then look at some of the big prizes that expert quilter's can get for a prize winning quilt at a big show. Those people are the few super talented ones and not the general public. (at least not me) I know quilting isn't all about making money but since it's an accounting course, I would think that could be the angle to go from.

    A good example ... the quilt that sold in Australia fo $70,000 (approx) ... how was the price created?

    The quilter put the quilt in a show, and one of the requirements was to put a "for sale" price on all entries. She valued it, with a guesstimation of the # hours work she'd put into it. And yet, knew that in reality she was low on the hours. Then she went with her $/hour ... and came up to $80,000. Not at the show, but later, she had an inquiry, and the sale price was established.

    Yes it was a show piece of incredible work. And the price was the highest ever paid for a quilt.
    The quilter was overwhelmed ... but knew that she was being paid well enough, that she could part with the quilt!

    Most will never see quite that return for their work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    Don't forget the mental therapy that quilting offers. When the rest of the world is out of your control, what you do with quilting is completely under your control...well, okay, almost completely. Anyway, quilting is an escape from reality that I need.

    Dina
    I use quilting as a stress reliever. LOL I can sew scraps together without any measuring and end up with some pretty potholders or quilt squares. I just go to my sewing room, shut the door and play with my fabric. haha

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    It's not your grandmother's quilting when there are numerous male quilters out there who are not only quilting but earning a good living at their craft/art. I'd include mention of John Flynn, Michael Shannon, Ricky Tims, and others who've been at this a while. Mention the amount of money spent on the industry annually. And add the amazing numbers of attendees at the huge national shows.....70,000 at Houston, for instance. You might also reference people like Caryl Bryer Fallert who sell their work in the five figure range to corporate collections as well as private individuals.

    Such a broad topic!!!

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    You might go way back and tell about people using straw ticks to sleep on and cover up with. Or Wool quilts with batting made of spun wool.[ which I have done and own a wool batting , wool blanket]. It's all in where you want to start. We quilters are a creative bunch. If you read on here not only creative, but, sensitive. Many people on here give to hospitals, homes for children, cancer victims, children with many problems, veterans. And on, and on.
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    I found this site several months ago: http://momath.org/home/math-monday-08-16-10/. This should "tie in" with your accounting degree. I've been sewing 53yrs, and am a self-taught quilter. It's a part of my creativity process and a great "stress buster". Good luck on your presentation! I am sure you will do great! God Bless! and congratulations on all your hard work and education!
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    Quilting offers other types of therapy as well, for people with disabilities in the manner of cognitive and occupational therapy. My daughter learned to quilt while recovering from a traumatic brain injury. It helped her re-learn to focus, plan and execute the plan through following a pattern, measuring, precision cutting, piece placement and symmetry, precision sewing and regaining a sense of self-worth. By the way she will be graduating from college on Mothers day. It's been a long, difficult journey, and I believe that quilting helped her see that anything can be accomplished taking it step by step.

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    Hey! Look at some of the quilts from the quilt shows...you'll find everything from traditional to art form and everything in between. Lots of interesting stuff out there...just google American Quilter's Society and start from there. Good luck!
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    I have had several people say Quilting is a dying art and my reply to that is No, it is a Billion Dollar Business!!
    Or the question a reporter asked Jenny Byers several years ago? Do only old people do quilting?
    She said No, there are many young people doing it too. My DD was horrified when she found out he
    asked the question, she worked at the TV station where he worked. She said My mom quilts and she isn't
    old. He only knew old people who did it; we had a good laugh about it.
    I find it helps me with my creative side and I am glad that someone else has done the math for me!!!
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    Britannica Online defines art as "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiencesthat can be shared with others."
    So according to this definition all quilts are "art". It is a great example of using both sides of the brain: the logical (mathematical) and the creative side.
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