Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bending the Definitions: art versus craft

Can a quilt be considered art? The contention of “art versus craft” is hotly debated as creators seek to migrate from the unwanted label of artisan to that of artist. Unfortunately, these classifications are often handed down from higher authorities such as art critics and museums with little input from the people whose work is being categorized.

So what do you think, makers? Are quilts art or they craft?

I have put together a booklet exploring the definitions of art and craft in the context of quilts, specifically considering the exhibition of the Gee's Bend quilts in 2002. This is an important and relevant debate for us as quilters and makers, so I encourage you to sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit to peruse and join the discussion. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is also opening up her blog as a platform for discussion with a fascinating interview with her father-in-law about art vs. hobby in the artistic community.

Sit down. Join in. Even if it is not right now, return when you have time, and let us know your thoughts. Can a quilt be considered art?

If you would prefer to read the booklet not in booklet form, you can find the text in the Art versus Craft tab on the blog. Happy reading.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Scrap Pack Winner

Before I announce the winner, I just want to say thank you. Thank you. Your huge response to the giveaway and many, many kind words blew me away. I am incredibly thankful to be surrounded by such a caring and thoughtful community of quilters and sewers. You guys rock. I also cannot wait to finish my last week of classes, so I can experiment with the new colors you all suggested. I'm definitely going to be printing up some navy, poppy, and berry! Great suggestions; I'm so pumped.

And the winner is: Laura.

Laura, I will be emailing you for your address, so I can send this citron and mint scrappy bundle headed your way. To the rest, I wish you all wonderful weeks. Stay tuned for the new colorways coming soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Scrap Pack Giveaway

When Amy at 13 Spools approached me about being a part of her Up & Coming Designer Program this year, I was beyond honored. She introduced me over at Craft Buds about two weeks ago, and today she is talking about one of my new fabrics designs: Pistachios. If you've arrived at my website from her post, welcome! Stay a while. Click through the archives or scroll down the blog roll. If you started here, hop over to Amy's blog to read her review of the dark grey pistachios. And lastly, what you've all been waiting for, the giveaway!

I am giving away a scrap pack full to bursting with different prints and test prints in mint and citron, some that are available in my shop and some that are not! Plus, it includes a piece of the famous dark grey pistachios that caught Amy's eye. This special limited edition bundle is perfect for a myriad of things from English-paper piecing projects and scrappy quilt blocks to mini wall quilts and strands of quilty bunting. It's 50+ grams of hand-printed goodness and could be flying to you next week.

Just answer one or both of the questions below or let me know how you follow me, then enter the Raffelcopter giveaway. (Note: if you don't enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to tell me you commented, you won't be entered. Don't accidentally miss out!) The giveaway is open until midnight EST Sunday, April 19. I will announce the winner on Monday morning. Good luck! now closed. Thank you to all who entered and left such lovely comments and ideas.

1) What is your favorite fabric from the Lovely and Enough Etsy Shop or elsewhere on the blog?

2) What is your favorite colorway of those available or what would you love to see?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Home Sweet

It's been a little over a year since my senior show. Can you believe it?! I cannot. It felt like the culmination of my life's work at the time, which perhaps it was, but so much has happened since. Rather than reminisce where life has taken me since, though, I wanted to take a peek at where my senior show quilts are now.

Modern Buckwheat coral and navy wall quilt living in its Boston home | by Lovely and Enough
Eichling Residence | Boston, MA

Fresh Starts mint and coral modern wall quilt living in its Wheaton home | by Lovely and Enough
Brackin Residence | Wheaton, IL

New Growth coral modern printed wall quilt living in its Ann Arbor home | by Lovely and Enough
Dekker Residence | Ann Arbor, MI

Remnants of Summer printed modern wall quilt living in its Wheaton College home | by Lovely and Enough
the Records Office | Wheaton College, IL

Little Pieces coral and navy modern wall quilt living in its Wheaton College home | by Lovely and Enough
Nychay Office | Wheaton College, IL

Dark Star coral and navy modern wall quilt living in its Mississippi home | by Lovely and Enough
Ludens Residence | Leland, MS
Sometimes I look back at the collection and feel nostalgic that none of them are hanging on my walls. I'm sad that the one I kept for myself was purchased by the school. I wish I'd kept another for my apartment. Then I remember: they are all treasured in their new home sweet homes, hung in bedrooms, above fireplaces, and on office walls. Each quilt is loved and brings a little piece of love with it. I cannot find it in myself to be bitter about that. Instead, I keenly feel the distance between my friends and I, and I wish them and their quilts the best in their Sweet Homes.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Lenten Twelves : Easter

Seven weeks ago my mom challenged me to feast into creativity this Lent by creating one twelve-inch quilt per week. Thus began Lenten Twelves. Finishing up quilt six and the final week, I consider it a success. My creative dam has broken. From exploring new techniques to pushing personal boundaries, these last weeks have been fun adventures in quilting with the wonderful gentle pressure (of texts from my mom with her finished weekly quilts) to just keep sewing. Thanks, Mom!

This week's quilt was a mix of experiments. First up: curved piecing. I went for minimal this time, cutting the pieces on a whim at Wednesday sewing night and whipping it up just as the evening came to a close. It still blows my mind that I hadn't ever tried curved piecing before Lenten Twelves One! Curves are almost easier than half-square triangles!! Second on the quilt docket: printing. This week, I opted for my childhood favorite, periwinkle, and I love it. Thanks for the suggestion, Yvonne! Experiment three: free-motion quilting. I'm rather rusty and inexperienced, but the pattern came together better than I was expecting! I'm not sure I love it with the printed design. (It reminds me a tad of wheat rather than foliage.) However, I realized that I also shouldn't be overly intimidated by it! And that is enough to make it a success.

This series has truly been about working through my quilting hangups. Colors. Circles. Curves. Applique. Minimalism. Printing. Free motion quilting. With the celebration of Easter, I am bringing Lenten Twelves to a close until next year. Thank you for joining me on my journey. I hope I can encourage you to push even just one of your quilting boundaries. After all, after the forty days of Lent...come the forty days of Easter!

If you missed the Lenten Twelves Intro Post, follow the link and read it now for background on the challenge my mum and I took up this Lent. Find her finished Lenten Twelves here. Or find my Lenten Twelve OneLenten Twelve TwoLenten Twelve Three, and Lenten Twelve Four, and Lenten Twelve Five. Happy exploring.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lenten Twelves : Five

I never thought I'd be one to love a quilt of mine so imperfect as this, but I do. Several of the corners don't quite match up and in an attempt to beat them into aligned submission, I ended up not catching the edge of the fabric. Of course my favorite closeup below displays the slip. Ah well, c'est la vie. On a whim, I decided to finish the edge by folding it over a quarter inch and stitching along the edge. Mostly successful. Very wobbly. I may have whipstitched a stray inch or two that I missed catching there as well. Nobody look too closely. We're all human, right?

modern minimalist mini quilt | by Lovely and Enough

I am, however, pretty excited about the composition. I'm loving the grey on grey pistachios look that I started with last week's lenten quilt, and my all time favorite bit is the quilting. I didn't want an all over quilt pattern so I sat and stared and squinted for quite some time until Brent suggested the matchstick quilting. I love it. Can't wait to see where this series takes me next!

modern minimalist mini quilt | by Lovely and Enough

modern minimalist mini quilt | by Lovely and Enough

If you missed the Lenten Twelves Intro Post, follow the link and read it now for background on the challenge my mum and I took up this Lent. If you'd like to join us or just follow along you can find us on instagram with #LentenTwelves or just check out her blog Fibermusing and her Lenten Twelves. Find my Lenten Twelve OneLenten Twelve Two, Lenten Twelve Three, and Lenten Twelve Four.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lenten Twelves : Four

I can't express just how lovely this week was. Slow quiet mornings, productive solitary days, church-filled evenings. Wednesday night was sewing with the church ladies night, and it was absolutely wonderful. I passed up Village Draft House with my grad student friends to go, but I would make the same decision again in a heartbeat. Digging in to a homemade dinner, seeing everyone's projects, and chatting the evening away is just the kind of perfect night I love. This week I sketched out five or six new low-volume blocks to piece and print and dove into the first one.

As you can see...I didn't print it. I went back and forth quite a bit, as per usual. I called my Mom. I talked out the design with Brent. I debated with friend Alyssa. The final decision was to leave this zen quilt to stand alone--and then make it exactly the same in the next weeks and print it. Gotta love indecisiveness. I do like the calm simple aesthetic, although I think it could look striking printed as well.

What color would you over print it? I can't get red out of my head.
(If you don't understand what I mean by overprinting, check out Lenten Twelves : Two)

I experimented with a couple other things as well this week from glue basting to interfacing. Ironing interfacing to the back of my quilt top for added stiffness proved interesting. On one hand, I had no pulling or shifting as I quilted. Hooray! On the other hand, the quilting does not bump up as much. Hmm. Bummer of all bummers it didn't stay bonded to the quilt top, so the edges were still flimsy. Hrumph. I shall try a lighter-weight interfacing next week and Stitch Witchery it to the edges for added adhesion. (Yep, that's a verb.)

On a different note, photographing this morning was a bit of an adventure. I chuckled as they loaded into Lightroom and thought I'd share a bit of the process. I call it Anatomy of a Blog Photo.

1. Shoot, forgot the self-timer  2. Too zoomed in  3. Lying on my back on the floor and use full palm in last ditch attempt to get the quilt to cover my piece of tape, but I'm not fast enough and my arms are just not that long  4. Misjudged entirely  5. Too low  6. Caught my face  7. Too low again; bummer that one could've been cute  8. Just not quite short enough sitting down...even when I duck...  9. Person walks between me and the camera right as it goes off; nice lunch...  (numbered left to right, then top to bottom)
Can anyone relate? What are your blog photo blooper stories?

If you missed the Lenten Twelves Intro Post, follow the link and read it now for background on the challenge my mum and I took up this Lent. If you'd like to join us or just follow along you can find us on instagram with #LentenTwelves or just check out her blog Fibermusing and her Lenten Twelves. Find my Lenten Twelve One, Lenten Twelve Two, and Lenten Twelve Three.
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