A few weeks ago, I posted about my dilemma with defining my quilting style. Many of you posted wonderful, insightful comments that helped me think more about this whole challenge of defining one's quilting style.
A couple things initially spurred on this thought process for me. I had a discussion with someone at Sew South about the "definition" of modern quilting and the potential negatives from the Modern Quilt Guild's definition. Following that, I received a request from a guild rep looking for a modern quilter to present at their guild. I started to really wonder if I am a "modern quilter" and if I should use that term to describe myself when many of my quilts don't meet the definition the Modern Quilt Guild has created.
Then I uncovered this gem when sorting my batting last week.
I will be the first to say this is not my usual style, but it is a project I created nearly five years ago. Even back then I wasn't in love it with which is why it ended up in the bottom of my batting bin to be forgotten about and found again five years later. Rediscovering this old project clarified things to me a bit more. It's not my style, but I don't regret making it.
I view my quilting process as an experiment. I learn a lot from each project I create, which is why I rarely shy away from new styles and techniques. With this particular quilt top I taught myself how to sew diamonds. I learned that I don't like heavy borders. I learned that there are right ways and wrong ways to do certain things. This was one of my first quilts. I remember messing up on this project many times.
The process of creating is why I do this, not necessarily the finished quilt. I love cutting up the fabric and creating something new and different. I love challenging myself to find inspiration in very random places. I love finding new ways to quilt. I love the feeling of satisfaction when I can look at a completed project and know that it came from my ideas and was created by my hands. My projects are not perfect, but I view each as a journey. When all of this ceases to be a fun, exciting, creative outlet, I will stop quilting.
Until then: My name is Kati, and I am simply a quilter.
We don't need definitions and words to clarify our style. We all just get to enjoy the process and do what we love. Thanks so much to each of you who commented on my previous post about style. I really appreciated your thoughts.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!