i read this great post by r0ssie a while back about "mutant quilting" and it gave me much to think about for the past week. my thoughts are thus: as a relative newcomer to the quilt world it seems perhaps more obvious to me that what is considered modern quilting is quite traditional in its roots... i mean, where would we be if we didn't have things to "wonkify," right? and while i think it's good to constantly push yourself to create new and more interesting things, i hope there's always still room in this craft for a good old patchwork or a classic log cabin. and i don't use that term "craft" lightly. i suppose we could argue a whole bunch about whether quilting is more of an art or a craft, but i would ultimately ask, "isn't there room for both?" i would hate for those who love quilting for the sake of the craft not be valued because they are seen as not making "art."
but i really dig this idea of showing more of the process of what we do. for some reason i have shied away from this because i thought folks would not be so interested in my boring ramblings and thoughts. but i'm game to give this a shot. i certainly do have a bunch of random sketches and half-formed ideas that could benefit from exposure and input from you oh-so-wise internet quilting buddies.
unfortunately for me, my process right now is dealing with this quilting. remember a couple of weeks ago when i was super excited about this quilting? well, due some bad basting my lovely pieced squares are starting to pull and stretch in all sorts of wonky directions. and this is not an intended wonkiness. if i was a better
i know, right?!
so my process is turning into one of acceptance. acceptance of the fact that these curves are going to become waves and that it's not the end of the world. and did i mention that this quilt is for me? so yeah, i'm not going to sweat it too much.
and see, i've learned something from this whole thing! learning is a process, too, isn't it?
but now there's one more thing i want to know. while in the midst of grappling with this whole pulling thing, my sewing machine decided to go cuckoo nutso on me and turn my stitch into this (see right). and i have no idea why it's doing this. you can see from that photo where i had to rip out two previous attempts. the only thing that seems to fix it is to turn the sewing machine off and then on again. anyone have any thoughts on why it might be doing this? i'd love it if there was some simple solution that i could fix.
in summary: boo for stupid sewing machines. but yay for the process!