Mom won some points by never making a traditional quilt. She always made abstract wall hangings. It still wasn't "cool" though. I'd sew and knit, but I drew the line at quilting.
I'm still not a fan of the meticulous geometric style quilts. They don't suit my personality or my sense of style.
As an adult though, I have had to re-evaluate my opinions about quilting. One look through any issue of Quilting Arts Magazine will show you that there is so much more to the craft than grandma's old patchwork.
I am always stunned at the things people in the quilting world are doing. It's amazing, beautiful and inspirational!
I've made a few small quilts over the years as baby shower gifts. Following in Mom's footsteps, they were of the hang on the wall variety. Mostly I still stuck to sewing and knitting.
My latest projects, the messenger totes and wallets, have brought me back to the idea of quilting. Sure, I can whip up a bag out of a pair of pants, but that alone is pretty boring and unmotivating. It is much more satisfying to give the bag a personality through imagery.
Today I got two amazing quilting books in the mail; The Quilting Arts Book and Art Quilts at Play. I am totally inspired. I don't even know where to start! There are so many things I want to try. Definitely I am going to start by learning to paint my own fabric.
Exciting things are to come, I can feel it!
I love this amazing bird by Jane Hilbert pippapatchwork.
It was the inspiration behind my For the Birds Messenger Tote.