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Thread: When is it not a quilt?

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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
    I ditto this

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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!
    Yeah......what she said. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    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.
    I agree. I call myself a quilter, but in reality I am a "piecer". I make the tops, but I detest the quilting part, so I stop there and send them to a LAQ'r to do the quilting. But I don't get hung up on the vernacular, and I would never tell someone their product "wasn't a quilt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by missmabeliowa
    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.
    Sorry, no can do. I have hung full sized quilts on the wall for display. Does this make them less of a quilt?

    And even I, who am totally left-brained and not at all creative, can figure out how to enlarge or add on to a smaller-sized pattern to make the final piece fit the bed. If I like the pattern, it doesn't matter what size the directions call for, it can always be made bigger, either by enlarging the pieces or adding complimentary borders and/or sashing.

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    Interesting discussion ............

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    Ditto! ROFL

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    They're lovely and fun, and worthy of praise, but they are not the same achievement as a full sized quilt. It's like the difference between a jaunty little limerick and a finely crafted sonnet or epic poem.[/quote]

    I agree that quilts are like poetry, a small word for an all-encompassing genre.

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    Who cares? You say tomato, I say tamattoe

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    ditto!!!!!

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    I think the first quilt I made didn't have any quilting at all only because I didn't know better. It is my alvatar, I did applique on the back and design stitching on the border that only went through the top layer. It had a top, batting, and a backing. Does that mean its not a quilt?
    I think it would be great to have an index for quilters that described all the terms including so many abbreviations I see all the time on this site which I have no clue what they mean................DUH !

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    I say tomato, you say tomahto.

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    Let's just say that sometimes it is just in the eye of the beholder and be thankful that we are enjoying the art regardless of what we call it.

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    "To Quilt" is the process of putting the top, back & batting (if any) together and stitching or tying the "sandwich".
    The finished item is:
    a QUILT if it is used on a bed or over a person like a lap quilt.
    Wall-hanging if it goes on a wall. the QUILTING PROCESS was used to make the wall-hanging, table runner, purse etc.
    The terms above are traditional.
    My pet peeve is calling a QUILT a blanket! A Blanket is woven, not QUILTED.
    Phyllis, 82 yrs in Oregon
    70 yrs quilting.
    Call me the quilting police if you want---but be sure to read the word "traditional".

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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
    I've never seen that spelled out before... Love it!

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    The first time I went to a guild meeting I took a "show and tell" I had mostly tied my quilts and took one that was tied. I was told that it was a comforter not a quilt. I was slightly hurt. It had been machine pieced, machine sewn, backing, batting and top, and then I tied it - I always thought that it was a quilt :)
    Janet

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdieClay
    Someone told me once after I told them I was learning to machine quilt that she did "real" quilting by hand. I choose not to get in a discussion about what's real, what's a quilt ... I just say "well, good for you" and drop it! Those pesky quilt police ... they come in all forms.
    I have a friend that insist the it is only real quilting if it is hand quilted. She knows I machine quilt because of my hands and I know she hand quilts because she is a twirp. LOL As you can tell we get along great and she would probably tell you the same of me. I have beautiful handquilting from greatgrandmother and grandmother, but I just can't do the hand quilting anymore.
    That reminds me, I need to give Gale a call. Thanks for all you quilters, however you may do it and where ever you get 'er done. Love you guys and girls!!!!

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    Way back in history the settlers would make "quilts" as they were called. It was fabric, maybe pieces, maybe not, but, they were not even quilted as they had no machines. They were tied.
    Well, that being said, a quilt is a quilt if you take a sew pieces, or anything like that, and machine quilt it or tie it, or any combo.
    Some even argue that a quilt that is tied is not a quilt. That is not true either

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    To use a Wall hanging pattern for a quilt, just make it 4 times as big.
    Cut 4 times as much and make 4 times as many blocks, etc. Should come out almost as wanted, or take the square inches of one block into the the square inches of a quilt you want to make. This figure will tell you how many blocks to make. Figure to the closest size without going over and add borders to make the correct size.
    Phyllis,
    70 yrs quilting in Oregon

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    This is a really interesting thread! I myself am not into *art quilts* but OMG, Hollis' work is absolutely stunning!
    I have no intention of ever entering quilt shows, just not my thing.

    So what ever they are called, I enjoy doing them, plus it helps my sanity! So I will continue to make them, all sizes and shapes, no matter what they are called! :thumbup:

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    Yes I agree. I really find it irritating. Why go to all that trouble to make a quilted piece only to hang it on the wall. At least make it into something useful. If I want to look a picture I either paint it or draw it or if I could afford it I would go to an Art gallery.

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    I agree, if it's quilted, it's a quilt. However, when I speak of my
    own quilts, there are wallhangings, baby quilts and bed quilts.

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    I agree, if it's quilted, it's a quilt. However, when I speak of my
    own quilts, there are wallhangings, baby quilts and bed quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    What would call a top and backing with no batting that is quilted together?
    A SUMMER QUILT--sorry didn't mean to yell-- lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Unless they are in a show or being judged somewhere, I simply don't worry about it. I have too many other things to be concerned with.
    Well said, Sadie. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun
    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    What would call a top and backing with no batting that is quilted together?
    A SUMMER QUILT--sorry didn't mean to yell-- lol
    No problem! To me this is almost as much work as making a 3 piece (top, batting, back) as it is a 2 piece one! I can see a use for both.

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