Thursday, October 27, 2011

on personal quilting style

**this is a rambling post**

As I mentioned in this post, I have been pondering my personal quilting style. Then today, this post brought my own questions more into focus.  

I have been consciously focusing on not only what I like, what draws me in, but what I do, how I put things together, how I stitch. 

With this in mind, I think my FMQ is a lot like Ann Fahl's. Eclectic, whimsical, free-form. I have tried to stitch in a more formal style like this, but I just can't! My hands, the machine and the quilt tend to take on a will of their own. I am able to appreciate both styles, and learn from both artists.

I like artwork that is multi-layered, with lots of imagery, like collage (love Nick Bantock!). Artwork that has hidden elements (like this dollhouse!) and design that makes me smile (like this). I love it when someone looks at my one of my quilts and sees the stitching designs separate from the piecing.

When it comes to piecing, I enjoy free-form, intuitive piecing, following patterns, using templates. I am drawn to color, but also adore surface patterns (batik and print). I can be inspired by antique quilts, traditional designs, folk art; I love visiting museums and being inspired by the work of other artists. 

I do not like to conform to "rules" when it comes to my quilts. I do not want to be put into a box that does not allow me freedom to explore, experiment and evolve. I do like improving my technique and refining my skills.

I guess, while I haven't answered the question of "what is my style", I have clarified a bit. Please share your thoughts! 

So, how do I come up with a description of my work?


jenclair said...

The quilting on that beautiful batik block quilt says it all!

Theodora quilts said...

First of all I would like to thank you for your sweet comment when visiting and forgive me for taking so long to answer,I also would like to thank you for answering my question as to how you quilt so nice and I actually wrote if your machine had crooze control spelled wrong and I ment to say stich regulator Ha Ha Ha!! I would love for you to visit Greece one day,I do hope things get better here. Now for my thoughts well I wish I would get my act together one day and get as good as you in free motion quilting LOL, I love your meadering and your artsy quilts,keep it up.xoxo theodora