Here’s a question that keeps pecking away at my brain, especially as I sit picking out rows of quilting that I’m just not happy with–for the third time…
Like many, I guess I’d describe myself as a novice art quilter. I make quilts and wallhangings because I NEED to, not for any glorious end purpose. But, even though we make art for ourselves, isn’t it inherently public? What good is creating a “story” if no one reads it? And to show one’s work in a public forum (such as a quilt show) as a serious artist, a certain degree of skill is expected.
My skills are fine, but leave LOTS of room for improvement, for example, my Juni im Rhein-Neckar Kreis quilt whose border looks wavy in the picture, really has a straight border which poofs out a bit (hence the ripping out of quilting, one more time), and the lovely silk poppies crocked onto the blue sky when I tried in vain to wash out the last bits of yellow chalk used to mark the clamshell quilting in the sky. (Luckily, the crocking blends pretty well
with the hand dyed sky fabrics, but I’m still disapointed in the faint yellow cast that’s left.)
So, while one is improving her skills, are these quilts which tell an intriguing story, or have wonderful compositions, or inspiring use of color, or joyful exploration of a new technique, invalidated by their weaker links such as a wavy border, some puckers in the backing, uneven quilting stitches, etc? How many “I love it, but…” quilts lay languishing in closets? Or do we say, “she may have a few warts, but this is my baby and I want to show her off to the world?”
Any thoughts on the subject?