A Silver Lining, the quilt pictured above, was a computer aided quilt. Perhaps you’re asking ” What does that mean?” For different quilts it could mean different things. The main motifs of this project were created a while ago, so they were my own design. I did, however, use the computer to stitch out those and then the rest was freehand. Why do I bring this up?
Some people think that using a computer means just pressing a button and letting the machine take over. In essence, the work done by the quilter isn’t as imperative. Believe it or not some give my “Silver Lining” a raised eyebrow and the “OMG how beautiful” thoughts are immediately dismissed once the fact that this piece was created with the aid of a computer. Seriously? Is it really any less beautiful because it was computer aided? I think critics quickly overlook the fact that I spent hours determining where to place the designs or days doing the delicate hand beading that went into the binding.
I recall when the stitch regulators were new to the quilting arena, and we heard the same kerfuffle stuff about them. Funny how they have since become the norm. Some folks need to come to reality and realize that there definitely skill required when producing a computer aided design.
Now that I’m on a roll let’s take note of a few more “aides”.
The electronic cutting machines. Should we consider that cheating, or less than when observing a quilt that has utilized that tool? There is skill involved in cutting fabric.
Lastly how about the amazing embroidery machines? I would love to see a show of hands of artists that willingly would love to go back to hand embroidery. My hand will not be raised!
I would love for quilters to embrace ALL types of quilting. Especially as we witness the craft of quilting moving into the future. There is room for all of us, those that love traditional techniques of quilting, those that are comfortable with present tools, and machines and finally those whose minds are filled with curiosity as they experiment with ground breaking products. No one should be judged for how they achieved their goals and success. If the design is considered “OMG look how beautiful”, let’s just leave it at that…”OMG it’s beautiful”.