Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Hi All, I've been a professional longarmer for 13 years and would like your opinions.
Our local quilt show committee has a member that has proposed the idea of no longer including the name of the professional quilter for each quilt on the show label, or in the program. I have yet to hear the reason why. I've been told that it's not personal. It has nothing to do with me.
My thoughts are; we contribute greatly to the finished look of the quilt. It's an art that we get paid for. It takes talent and thought to decide on thread colors, quilting design, density, placement and execution (some makers have their ideas, but most of my loyal clients let me have fun and "play" with their quilts). I have a few quilters that purchase and make tops from kits. I personally have put more design thought into their quilt than they have! (We have joked about this, I'm not trying to be smart.)
I've heard one person say she thinks that since it has been paid for, that the quilting is a product, like the fabric in the quilt. I can't see the similarity there. Fabric is mass produced and can be purchased anywhere, whereas quilting is done on a much smaller scale, by one person to one quilt at a time.
I'm looking for respectful answers, either way. Thank you! -cindi
Of the few people that make real labels for their quilts, a very small percentage name the quilter. But that's another topic for another day. :)
I agree that the quilting is a very big part of the quilt. I have seen the quilting make a big difference in take an ordinary quilt into something spectacular or go the other direction. I feel the longarmer should be credited. To me that's like leaving off the pattern designer's name.
Credit should be given to the longarm quilter. The quilting can make or break an entry in a show.
This is a very large debate right now in the major quilt shows, being sure the longarm quilter is recognized for their work. I, like you, do customer quilts and strongly feel that the quilting makes the difference on a quilt. Our local longarm quilt group has a few challenges, one is we all have the same runner, made exactly the same. We all quilt it the way we see it and from that you get 30 different runners because of the quilting. Not giving recognition to the person who has put in 30-40 hours of work on a quilt is like saying here is the milk without the cow. On all quilt shows, you need to show the longarm quilter.
Thank you for your reply, Beth. Where can I find more information about the major quilt shows' debates? I would like to see what thoughts they have on this subject too.
I really like that your group does that challenge. Sounds like fun!!
Are you on facebook? It is a group called professional longarm & machine quilters. There is also some discussion at MQResource.com.
A quilt is a pieced top until it is quilted. The quilter must be acknowledged IMO. Aren't they expected to list the pattern used if it's not original and didn't they either pay for the pattern or download it, etc. Quilting is the service, not the "product." I don't get why this has to be an issue. Aren't we all helping to create something beautiful?
Why on earth would someone want to denigrate the artistry and work of the person who does the quilting? I know personally, I agonize over thread choices, design, should I use feathers?, should it be done with ruler guides or templates?, what about the background fill?--- the thoughts go on & on! Is the final result not worth a little mention of the quilter's name on the identification card as it hangs in a show?
Is this person afraid that that qualifies as "Advertising"? Seems like this should go along with providing the name of the pattern (if they used a pattern) or book from which the idea came. In the art world (aren't we making art?) it's called provenance. In the quilting world we call it "attribution". Either way---it's a good thing.
Off my soapbox. Off to get more coffee! Happy Quilting everyone!
Since the quilt should be judged for the category it is entered in what does the label have to do with the quilt show any way? I enter a few small shows where NO label is wanted because no one is to know who the quilt belongs too.
Labels should reflect everyone who contributed to the finished item, the sewer, the quilter, the LA'er, the pattern designer.
My 2 cents
We're discussing the quilt show label. Most shows print labels to be pinned to the front of the quilt with the name(s) of the entrant (owner - not always the maker), the maker, the quilter, sometimes the pattern/designer, and a blurb or paragraph that might tell a story about the quilt. This way, the attendees to the show can read about the quilt and see who did the work.
The judging (by one judge) is typically done before the show, before the labels are pinned to the front.
Are you saying the quilt shows you've entered do not want labels on the back of your quilt??? That's wrong. Your quilt should never leave your house without your name, address, and phone number on it. Our local show covers the information on the back until the judging is done.
Permanent quilt labels sewn to the back should always list: Who (made it, and who it's made for, if applicable), When (date finished), Where, and What (if it was made for an occasion; i.e. birth, wedding, retirement, etc.).
I think the quilter should be named just like the piecer is named if the quilter is a different person from the one putting the top together. We should also put the pattern designers name on the label.
I think the designer of the quilt pattern, the piecer (quilter) and the LA quilter should all be named. All three had a very large part of any finished quilt.