Guild Meeting: Monday, October 10, 2016
Speaker: Kris Khan
Program: Trunk Show - "One Step Ahead of the Quilt Police"
Kris Khan took up quilt making in 2012 as a way to keep sewing while one arm was immobilized in a cast. She was recovering from her first joint surgery, and was learning the first ways in which rheumatoid arthritis would define her quilting strategies and techniques.
From working one-handed, to learning to bind quilts by machine, to cutting fabric with electric scissors, to using spray adhesives rather than pinning quilts, she has constantly needed to be creative in adapting traditional quilt making techniques to accommodate her changing physical abilities.
At one show an attendee commented that “real” quilts were bound by hand, not machine. When informed that the quilt maker was unable to perform hand sewing, the attendee opined that Ms. Khan should hire someone to bind her quilts “correctly.”
That art festival attendee, and other like-minded individuals, came to represent the “Quilt Police,” who would remove all joy from sewing in the name of following rules if they were permitted.
First and foremost, quilt making is an act of joy and creativity – or it should be! Whatever “rules” need to be broken or bent in the name of achieving a work of art or craft that pleases the maker, should be crushed without a second thought.
Life is too short to put up with kill-joys, and anyway, art has no firm rules.
Kris's website: www.kriskhandesigns.com