While perusing the August 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, I found an article about Malka Dubrawsky, who dyes contemporary cloth and has a fabric line for Moda. Excited, I started reading. Oh, dear. In talking about the quilts “that evolve” from her fabric the article says, “Larger, simpler squares – and fewer rules for assembling them – appeal to people who have little time, yet seek the satisfaction of making something themselves.” Really! The author makes it sound like contemporary quilts are quilts for dummies.
I beg to differ. I’ve found that it’s much harder to achieve a vibrant, balanced composition with a few large pieces of fabric than with hundreds of little squares or triangles. Not only that, it takes longer than chain sewing 692 squares and triangles together. So much for modern quilting being this year’s quilt in a day.
SQ also found one of her pet language misuses in this article – “I had fun and free reign to come up with anything.”
Enough carping. Do check out Malka’s books and website, stitchindye.com.