Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Perfectionist

I am not one. And that's a good thing because the quilts I love the best are the ones where the quilt maker isn't one either. She's substituted different fabrics because she didn't have enough, the blocks are a little off kilter, the seams don't match exactly, the quilting is uneven, the colors aren't what one might expect. She has made the quilt hers and that, to me, is what makes the quilter an artist. Oh, I love those perfectly pieced, exquisitely quilted quilts that take your breath away too. I admire the quilters who make them. But they're not my favorites.

I think this is what attracted me to doll quilts. Well, that and they're small and there's a great satisfaction in finishing one when completing a full sized quilt might take months or years. Doll quilts were made for children or by children. They're not supposed to be perfect. They're supposed to be fun! They're supposed to make you smile. That's my goal. And that's me. I know not everyone agrees and that's fine too.

4 Comments:

Blogger Mary Jenkins, said...

I do so agree with you. I try to do the best work I can but I don't aim for perfections - that's for machines!

January 5, 2011 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Thanks for reminding that perfection is not always the key to a beautiful quilt!

January 5, 2011 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Same thoughts here. I learned through the years that being not perfection gives me more joy in quilting and in life.

January 6, 2011 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger qubasket said...

I agree with you 100%. The old quilts with patched together pieces and color changes have a story to them. Quilting for me is my stress reliever. Coming home after work and picking up my piecing is wonderful. If I had to aim for perfection it would cease to be enjoyable.

Peggy

January 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

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