The last few months I’ve been wrestling with the question of “where do I fit”. It seems like many quilters know their preferred style or method and that’s what they have a reputation for. Three years of quilting and I have yet to find my place.
Maybe I’m a dabbler?
- I don’t seem to fit anywhere in particular. My style runs all over the place, somewhat due to my limited budget and fabric stash. I make do with what I have but if I can afford a set of matching fabric from a collection I’ll occasionally splurge.
- I applique, piece and machine embroider. Improv piecing style is growing on me. Paper piecing is fast becoming a new addiction. I love quilting my own projects and don’t mind sending the larger ones out to longarmers so they can work their magic faster than I’m able to.
- I’m rather enjoying being involved with the local Modern Quilt Guild but I don’t consider myself primarily a modern quilter.
What I didn’t like three years ago isn’t necessarily what I don’t like now (with the exception of Civil War prints… I don’t know I’ll ever like those.)
Perhaps quilting for me doesn’t really have a home. I’m more of a quilting nomad, taking the parts I like from different techniques and using them in ways I find pleasing to my own eye. If I get bored with one area of quilting I’ll pull up my tent stakes and head on out to a new frontier.
Questions for you:
- Where do you fit?
- Is it important to you to identify with a certain group?