All these quick and easy quilt making books are for one purpose...to give those who might be overwhelmed by quilting, a comfortable introduction to this art. I know when I wrote my book, many of my friends and family members wanted to learn how to quilt, but were too intimidated by it all. The fast and easy description, is truly to let people know that they CAN DO IT. As the quilting population dwindles, I think it is important we embrace new quilters, and arm them with the confidence they need to make more than one quilt.
Another plug for Fast and EASY quilts is, THEY GET DONE. If you are an expectant mother, and you know you want your baby to have something you made for them, you will want this baby to love and USE this quilt, and you will choose a pattern that you can finish in a few months. Also, you will want to choose a pattern that will allow frequent washings, and will last. The simple act of choosing fabric for your baby, and the pattern used, will show this child a little bit of your personality. Little parts of YOU will shine through, and become part of the quilt you give away. This part of quilting is HERITAGE! No ones cares if the points match, or if the quilting is perfect. What matters is that the quilt was made with a special purpose. LOVE!
from my home....
But, then there is another kind of quilt. The kind that stretches your abilities, that makes you think harder, do more math, take a long time, maybe read a book, or sew many trials blocks. With this kind of quilt you are growing, and stretching, and increasing your ability. This kind of quilt shows you want to learn, improve, and master the art of quilting. As you grow in this way, the quilt becomes ART. An artful expression of you. And, at this point....the world gives the quilt and quilter VALUE. These quilts are amazing! They inspire others to work hard, to reach farther, to go out on a limb and experiment with different ideas.
from the Feb. 2012 Tucson Quilt Show
It's my hope that we stop comparing these two kinds of quilts. They are not in competition with each other, they are not made with the same purpose. Each kind of quilt holds immense value for the person or purpose for which it was made. I don't think we should belittle either kind or purpose.
Each quilt can be inspirational, touching, and amazing. Simply, make one!