Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Does your quilt have soul?

There's a very interesting discussion going on at Two Lime Leaves about what we respond to in a quilt, and whether technically perfect quilts have soul. There are lots of opinions expressed and the comments make a great read if the topic interests you at all.

7 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for the heads up. (I have had that blog on & off of my blogroll FOREVER!) Back on.

meggie said...

I must go off & read Kirsty's blog. I think quilts have souls!

Grannyspot said...

Guess one has to start with "What is a soul"? If in fact a soul is a life-spirit of some sort, it must have "room to breathe" - it must be dynamic. "Perfect" by definition is "complete" and thus would be static - no breathing room. There's something about the "cracks" that let in the light and the air that animate something... It allows US into it, also, so that we can merge with the quilt and not simply see it from the outside...
On the other hand, a definition of "perfect quilt" might include one that DOES have a soul... now there's a conundrum!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

certainly a topic I've given a lot of thought to too. whenever I see loads of pics of the award winning quilts, I'm usually not that inspired by any of them. whereas utility quilts can often make my heart sing. so there you go...

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thanks for sharing this ~ I'll be most interested to follow that conversation. Like Tonya, the most technically perfect quilts can be astonishing but, while they leave me highly impressed, they frequently leave me feeling a bit empty. Off to read...

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thanks for sharing this ~ I'll be most interested to follow that conversation. Like Tonya, the most technically perfect quilts can be astonishing but, while they leave me highly impressed, they frequently leave me feeling a bit empty. Off to read...

jillytacy said...

I'm new to quilting so I may not know about the soul of a quilt yet but I think that quilts have the most meaning to the creator and have the ability to inspire others. Of course we are each inspired by different things so what inspires one may not inspire another. That's the great thing we get lots of diversity and creativity that way.