Quilting has certainly come a long, long way since I began quilting back in (no, I can’t possibly tell you that year)! Suffice to say, that I remember a time when if a quilt was not hand-quilted AND hand-pieced, it was virtually disqualified from a quilt show.
Not so today! There is no limit to the creativity, techniques and equipment quilters can, and do, employ in their quiltmaking. The continual evolution of the craft/art has no doubt kept it vital and growing.
I have been privileged to visit quilt shows all over the world during my career. While I was at our last Paducah show, I came to the realization that I enjoy watching the quilters and the people viewing the quilts almost as much as the quilts.
No matter the venue, size, location, or language being spoken, quilt shows have a lot in common. Quilt shows are not quiet. They are high-energy, “oohs and ahhs”, happy occasions. It is such a treat to watch quilters viewing the works of others — they do not judge, they admire and are inspired. And, oh the look of astonishment on the faces of people who have never visited a quilt show — what a treat! I think we should rename “Quilt Shows” to QUILT CELEBRATIONS!
I hope to see you at one of our Quilt Celebrations, soon.