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Old 12-03-2008, 12:27 PM
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Salutations! I am currently a student at the University of Madison - Wisconsin. My fellow students from my Folklore class and I are trying to gather information on quilting as a tradition and how it relates to contemporary culture.

I'd absolutely love it if any of you would be willing to answer some questions for me.

Thanks so much and happy quilting!

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:08 PM
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If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

1. What is your name and where are you from?

2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?

3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)

4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?

5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?

6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?

7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?

8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?

9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?

10. Who do you make quilts for?

11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake?

12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt?

13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?

14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?

15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history?

16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?

17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both?

18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you?

19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.

20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?



A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project?

That's all. Thank you all so much!

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:09 PM
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1. Anne from Massachusetts
2. Mostly learned on my own and from books.
3.It's traditional and I love color. Plus it's nice to make for family.
4.No. I am no teacher. I still feel like a novice
5.I'm sure there are differences. Updating equipment etc. I stay pretty much with the old fashioned, except for rotary cutters. I love them.
6.I am in one little group in my church.
7. Not a part of my own heritage. Mother did not make many quilts.
8.I like creating something original. It is a mostly female expression.
9.All kinds. Wall hangings, traditional blocks. Large, small.....I could go on.
10.I make them for hubby, sis, friends
11.Mistakes cause naughty language. AND reaching for the seam ripper.
12.Soft and comfy. And washable.
13.Homemade is more valuable emotionally.
14.Not sure how to answer this one.
15.I do not know much of the history, but I am very glad it exists.
16.It is a lovely form of self expression. If I were to speak to a non-quilter about quilting, I would probably say, "take great care of any quilts you may aquire. Fabric does not last forever."
17. Both. In a group on Tues. and the rest at home.
18.No one else in my family quilts except for sister.
19.I remember one lap sized quilt when I was a child. It was used so much it wore out. Wish I still had it.
20.One thing about my quilting. It is well documented. I put a good deal of information on the labels and also have many pages in the computer telling of how or why I started a particular quilt and whom I made it for. Also little details about one or more of the fabrics I used.

Thanks. Hope this helps your survey.
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Thank you very much :D
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More responses would be super helpful, the more the merrier :).
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by pompeii
If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

1. What is your name and where are you from? Wendy, currently in Pensacola, FL

2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? started in 2003. thought about it for maybe 5 or more years prior to that.

3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Expression. Creativity. It is a useful item and no one else will have one just like it.

4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? Teaching my daughter and I inspired my aunt to start. Now she's hooked too.

5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? Not much has changed in the last few years as far as techniques.

6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? this board is the only group I belong to. Tried the local quilt guild but they are unfriendly.

7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? My grandmother knitted afghans. etc for everyone. I can't knit, so I do this.

8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? Love it. What a great outlet for creativity!

9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? Mostly large bed quilts. the hardest so far was a diamond pattern. Easiest would be 9 patch I guess. I like Log Cabins, but there are too many great patterns to stick to just one.

10. Who do you make quilts for? Client, family and myself.

11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Swearing, ripping seams out, starting again. Sometimes switch to different quilt project to avoid frustration.

12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? how different any one pattern can look when you use different colors and prints.

13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? Quilts are made with passion, planning, hope, excitement. Anyone can buy a blanket. Not so many have the patience, commitment and care to start and finish a whole quilt.

14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? Contemporary quilting matches the business of today's world. There are shortcuts now, but I think that machine pieced quilts will hold up over time better. And applique and other traditional skills are still popular. I doubt if Michelangelo would have passed on modern equipment to paint the Sistine ceiling.

15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I greatly respect the women who kept their families warm by making quilts from any scraps they had. No central heat and rare opportunities to buy cloth. They were very resourceful, but made them beautiful at the same time!

16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It really is worth even more than what it costs to make it. The cheap ones on home shopping channels are junk.

17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I wish it was a more social event sometimes, but I also value the quiet time sewing alone.

18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? N/A

19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. N/A

20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? This is the best kind of therapy. I recommend it to anyone who admires what I do.



A question regarding your consent: Is it alright if I use your responses in a informal class project? Yes.

That's all. Thank you all so much!

Jenny.
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1. What is your name and where are you from?
Elizabeth, Florida
2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt?
My grandmother taught me to hand piece when I was a teen, but I taught myself on the sewing machine.
3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc)
It's fun, and it allows me to reach through time back to past generations of quilters. Doing so gives me peace.
4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt?
No but I'd love to.
5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition?
I have a sewing machine this time! My hands love me for it
6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?
I do volunteer for charities but I am not part of any one of them.
7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why?
My grandmother was a seamstress so if that's part of my heritage, I suppose so
8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it?
Peace, joy contentment, self expression, satisfactions, sometimes fustration
9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style?
Pieced, Memory, Embroidered, Bargello, I like and want to make anything I haven't done before.
10. Who do you make quilts for?
Family
11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake?
Either I rip it out, or work around it, sometimes mistakes can't be corrected with a seam ripper, but taking the time to think about it and try a new way is what makes a quilt a work of art.
12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt?
Self expression through fabric and design.
13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you?
A quilt is a sandwhich of three parts assembled to create a single object. Not all quilts are made with love, and neither are blankets, but both CAN be.
14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?
I feel that some people sell their work for nothing and that hurts the quilting community, because everyone comes to believe that a quilt costs "X" when that's not really true and doesn't encompass time and effort only fabrics. I suppose it's "You can't put a price on love". This is not the same as giving a quilt as a gift. To give something is to leave the "cost and efforts" forever unknown and unmarked. I do feel that quilting has begun to regain popularity over the past couple of years and that's a great thing.
15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I think the history of quilting is like the world as a myth, there are so many things that people have made up as they went along that we pass on as in truth fact. But the bottom line is that quilting is fun and that quilters through out generations have put more time and effort into their quilts than some will ever know.
16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting?
That it's not something only women do, it's not something old ladies do, the joy of creating a quilt can be shared and found by anyone, just as a painter picks up his first set of paints.
17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I mostly quilt alone, if quilting with a three year old counts as alone, comming here to the quilting forum and when I blog my self expression time, where I can share and see all the beautiful things others have made

18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Quilting is more of a family pastime, a family of dabblers, I find it empowering and a fullfilling passion, it saddens me to think I might one day not quilt anymore.

19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. My mother used to quilt, she is a perfectionist. I think that made her crazy because she saw felt and fretted about every imperfection, instead of accepting the inperfection of human nature as part of the beauty in her quilts. For her it was hand quilting when I was young and, sew as you go when I was a teen.

20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share?
When my grandmother taught me to hand sew the temors of her parkinsons slipped away. If only for a moment if only for a fraction of a thought.


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Old 12-03-2008, 03:22 PM
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Everyone's answers have been amazing!!
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If anyone would like to provide me with some information, feel free to email your responses or private message me or answer me in this board.

1. What is your name and where are you from? Karla from the Finger Lakes of NY!

2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I started 15 years ago. I taught myself by sitting on the floors of sewing stores and reading the books--trying to memorize the directions to try at home.

3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) Expression--a creative outlet. I thought about why it brings me such joy--and especially when the kids were small, it was the one area of my life I could call all the shots in. The pattern, colors, when to work on it, how big to make it, who to give it to.... felt good.

4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? Just one--my 12 year old barn buddy. She just started.

5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? I just learned about basting spray. :D There are some new methods I haven't tried. I like to stick to what I'm doing. I love strip piecing, but haven't tried paper piecing. It's too much work to learn new methods. New patterns are awesome--new methods make my brain hurt. :roll:

6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities? Nope. No time.

7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? Umm, not really. Neither my mother or grandmother quilted. I guess my grandmother's mother did, but I never met her. I have three old quilts--but I'm not sure if she made them. So, the idea of it being a passed down tradition never comes into play.

8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? (see #3) Quilting brings me joy! Freedom! A welcomed challenge! And when I'm done, there's something pretty and warm! It's nice to have a hobby I can go to when I'm able. It's always there waiting whether it's been an hour or a month.

9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I love log cabins. I've made several kinds. I guess I don't get too complicated and stick to strip type piecing. The hardest one was called Garden Path--I had reteach myself how to make those squares if I left it too long. The easiest was one with squares and strips sewn into squares.

10. Who do you make quilts for? All family members, sometimes students, many friends--ones going through rough days. I've made several ragged flannels for folks I've never met--but feel close to through emails--when they are going through rough times.

11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? Depends. Fix it if I can. If I see it too late--it stays.

12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? warmth

13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? loving stitches.

14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why? Gained. It gives more options to creative minds. The old style traditions will always be alive and well. If others want to forge new paths--cool. I like to see what they've created. I don't have to like it, but I can appreciatate their efforts and talents.

15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? Some. I collect picture books about quilting to share with students. I like the stories about how quilts helped folks when moving west, and in helped slaves become free--through various ways. Quilts were made into maps to show the way. Neat, eh? When I heard some of the info was not true, I lost interest in the history. What's true, what isn't?

16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It takes a lot of time, effort, and money. The price a quilter gets for a quilt doesn't cover it all. But, we get joy from creating each piece.

17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? Always alone. I have enough social time, I love quilting alone--in my small cozy room surrounded in fabric. It's a hide-out.

18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Nope.

19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share. I had one quilt I loved as a child--so soft and comforting. I found it at my father's house a fwe years ago and asked for it. I sit on it when I sew. No other memories.

20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? Nope. Maybe my kids will have some about me. :D I do love that my kids know I'll make them whatever they want. They both have 4 quilts and some wall hangings. Now that they are one the verge of living in apartments/houses--I should have more work soon. :wink: My son has a girlfriend--so it's nice to have a new person who appreciates the projects--so she's getting items now.


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1. What is your name and where are you from? Amber from Nashville TN

2. How, when, and where did you learn to quilt? I was 19 when I made my first quilt and I learned from my mother and grandmother. I grew up in Utah so that's where I was when I learned.

3. Why do you quilt? (tradition, expression, for family, etc) It's relaxing for me. Also I'd like to pass something handmade onto future generations.

4. Have you taught anyone else to quilt? No

5. Are there differences in quilting from when you first learned and now? If so, how do you feel about this transition? No

6. Are you part of any quilting groups/communities?No

7. Do you feel that quilting is a part of your heritage? If so why? A little, yeah. My grandmother and mother have done a bit of it during their lives, and I'd like to continue that tradition.

8. What type of feeling do you get out of quilting? Why do you enjoy it? It's peaceful and its creating something with my hands.

9. What different type of quilts have you made? What was the most difficult, easiest? Do you have a favourite style? I've made pretty simple ones because I'm not very patient when it comes to finishing! The hardest one I've ever done is what I"m currently working on, a cardtrick.

10. Who do you make quilts for? Mostly for me and I'm trying to sell them as a side business.

11. When quilting, what happens if you make a mistake? I growl and if it's a big mistake I correct it. If it's a little one, I cover it up! lol

12. What is your favourite feature about a quilt? The top. It's the ultimate expression of the person who made it.

13. What makes a quilt different from other blankets to you? It's a lot more personal.

14. Do you feel that contemporary quilting has lost some value? If so, why? Or do you feel it has gained value, and again, why?........Not sure

15. Does the history of quilting mean anything to you? If so, what do you know about its history? I really don't know a lot about it. I know that pioneer women made quilts, but they were all hand stitched...and I have a lot of respect for them.

16. Do you have anything you would like others to know about quilting? It takes dedication!

17. Do you quilt alone, or together in a group? Is quilting a social event or a chance for some alone time for you? Or both? I quilt alone, and it's time for me to escape into my own little world.

18. If quilting is in your family, do you feel you are carrying on a tradition? If so, why is this important to you? Yes, I feel it's important to pass along all traditions.

19. Do you have any memories of others quilting? Do you have memories of specific quilts in your past? If so, please feel free to share.
I have memories of sitting on the floor under the quilt frames while my grandmother finished the top.
20. Last but not least, do you have any stories or memories about quilting you would like to share? See the above.
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