Someone once wrote (please forgive me because I don't remember who wrote it) that every quilt has rules. I thought, yes, quarter inch seams, follow the pattern, tiny quilting stitches, etc. I continued reading and she explained her thought a little differently than I anticipated.
The creator of a quilt chooses her own rules for each quilt she makes.
She can decide
- the size of the blocks, if there are blocks.
- whether the quilt will have a pattern or not.
- to use few colors or many, and which.
- whether she will use the same fabrics throughout or a wide variety of fabrics.
- whether there will be consistency throughout the quilt or not.
- and any other other aspect of the quilt.
I admit that sometimes the aesthetic of a quilt may not be pleasing if the quilter isn't careful and attentive, but I agree that the quilter makes the rules for her own quilt. What do you think?
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The accompanying photos are of a wedding ring quilt my great-grandmother made. She passed away in 1936 at the age of 78 so I know it was made before that. I think it's possible that some of the fabrics are from feed sacks. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
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