All Inclusive

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I recently attended a guild meeting, where the speaker began her talk by making a statement along the lines of “those ugly charity quilts some people make are not art.”

Yeesh. Talk about divide the room.

I’ve been quilting since the late 1980’s, and back then the argument was that if it wasn’t hand pieced, or at least hand-quilted, it wasn’t a quilt, because our grandmothers made them all by hand.

Then in the 1990’s it was art quilting vs. traditional quilting. And now, it seems, the rivalry is modern vs. everything else.

What’s with the US vs. THEM thing? As a Facebook friend remarked last week, she’s so OVER the conversation of whether or not a quilt can be called “modern.”

I can’t help but think that, in this mostly female endeavor, any such divisiveness is just corrosive. Our grandmothers laid the foundation of feminism (in the true sense…

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4 thoughts on “All Inclusive

  1. shoreacres

    I had to smile. It reminds me of statements like, “If it doesn’t rhyme, it isn’t poetry”, or, “She doesn’t use photoshop — she’s a real photographer.”

    Sometimes I think the driving force behind some of these attempts to categorize is simple insecurity.

    1. Melanie in IA Post author

      Yes, insecurity of self and of craft. I think that’s true. I expect some make similar statements about your line of work.

      Thanks for taking a look. I thought she said it well.


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