Mark My Word Nov/Dec 2007

Mark My Word Nov/Dec 2007

Hey, Pickles!

Well, we've made our, ahem, mark.

It looks like Mark's Quilter's Home is going to be available by (drum roll). . . subscription! There should be a subscription card in this very issue and, baby, I couldn't be more excited!

After teaching around the country and working in quilt shops, I knew we quilters were starved for excitement within our craft. I sensed we weren't getting the straight scoop on products or having the fun we deserved as love-slaves to quilting. Let's face it: We all have enough notions, patterns, fabric, magazines, and books in our stash that we could start our own quilt shop. It's not like we'll ever stop buying more of what we already have. Heck, that's more than half the fun of quilting, isn't it? But we're not so emotionally shut down and artistically dead that we can't use a shot of humor and whimsy in our sewing rooms and in the industry. We're a hardy bunch; we come in all shapes and sizes and have remarkably diverse tastes.

There are many people who would have liked nothing more than to see Quilter's Home bite the dust. I know of one quilt shop that displayed an issue with devil horns and missing teeth drawn over my face. Not that I don't think it was totally hilarious (I love that kind of stuff), but it would suggest that the shop owner is not as talented, creative, or even as good a businesswoman as she thinks she is (or that she tells everybody she is). I consider it a badge of honor to be a bit different, a bit out there, and a just a bit ahead of the crowd.

It wasn't so long ago that machine piecers and quilters were vilified because they weren't hand-piecing and hand-quilting. Machine work was considered–– gasp!––"cheating." The art quilt group had to "reinvent" quilting with fabrics other than cotton (much to the dismay and loathing of many, despite the amount of ribbons that art quilts win in prestigious shows). Long-arm quilters are still fighting for recognition among the pseudopurists. Don't you think it's time for all quilters to have some fun and be spoken to like fellow artists, rather than talked down to like a gaggle of prissy Sunbonnet Sues?

Yup, some cranky quilting blowhards are so pent up, controlling, and rigid that they can't possibly see any good in a publication, philosophy, or technique that allows you to break the rules and creatively cut loose. Oh, and those cranky pants claim to yearn for an invigorating revival of quilting, but it's either their (narrow) way or the highway. They can't stand change because they've stopped growing. These types bore me silly and I steer clear of them.

Listen gals, do like I do with Quilter's Home. Don't allow people to define who you are as a quilter any more than you would let someone tell you what kind of person you are or who you should be. When you sit at your machine, sew, create, and quilt to the beat of your own drum. Fly high! Have fun! Laugh out loud and don't look back! Not only will you be a much happier and improved quilter, you'll be a better person. There will always be quilters, teachers, and selfanointed professionals who don't understand our process, but who cares? They're not buying our fabric or paying our mortgage. Stitch on!

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