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Topic: Hand quilting. . . a Mini art quilt?  (Read 1013 times)
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« on: July 05, 2010 03:13:48 PM »

Mini Art quilts are fantastically exciting. I'm an art major, painting is my area, but I stumbled upon the galleries for past mini art quilt swaps, and they took my breath away. I wanted to make one! To make art! I thought about joining the current mini art quilt swap and testing my mettle!

I have never quilted before. ever.
In fact, I have done a little bit of hand sewing, a stuffie, a dress and a few skirts.
What I want to know is. . . can I hand quilt a mini art quilt? If some of my stitches got. . . ahem. . . creative and not quite your typical quilting style of stitchery, would that be a problem?
What is the big deal about batting? Do I have to sew my front panel to it, or can I piece together the top and sew the batting in between it and the back? Would it still be a quilt? Hellz bellz, What exaclty defines a quilt?

I feel very motivated, and very excited. But I fear what I have in mind wouldnt *quite* meet the parameters of a 'quilt'. Should I hold off, and experiment on my own, or let my confidence and eager hands create what I hope would match my minds view? Sign ups end the 17th, so I have a little time to decide, so I thought I'd tap the best resource available to me. (you crafty folks of the quilting boards!)
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 02:56:32 PM »

The questions you've asked have been asked in the art quilt world, with lots of controversies surrounding what is and isn't a quilt over the years. Ultimately the definition that has emerged for a lot of shows is that it's a quilt as long as there are three layers of material held together with stitches. That's kind of a bare minimum definition: those two elements at least have to be present for it to be a quilt.

The three layers can be anything (though at least one of them should be textile). The stitches can be any type of stitches as long as they are holding the layers together. Tied quilts sometimes count and sometimes don't depending on how "stitches" is interpreted. Stitching works better anyway and you can get interesting textures with it. It's interesting that you ask if hand stitching is okay, because for a long time people didn't consider anything that wasn't hand stitched legitimate. But yes hand stitching is accepted.

As a painter, you might want to look at the quilts of Hollis Chatelain as she paints her quilt tops. Also notice how she uses stitch as texture. I myself paint tops with oilsticks.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010 05:04:18 PM »

have you taken a look at the previous rounds' galleries? That would give you some idea of what other's are making. I was in one of the rounds (round 2?) and I had never quilted before. I machine quilted, rather than hand quilted, but I think hand quilting would be great. This was my first quilt or art quilt, but I have been sewing for years. I learned alot. And have since learned a proper way to do the binding  Grin

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