Who Are You as a Quilter?

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Can a stranger look at your quilts and know what your specialty is?

Would they know what makes you tick?

How about knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are?

If you visit quilt shows around the world, you can spot “famous quilter’s names” on workshop doors.   When you see them, you can usually take a guess at what the general topic of their class will be.  You know what they stand for.

For example, what stands out when you see these names?  For each name, can you name one or two things that are their specialty?

  • Diane Gaudynski
  • Barbara Brackman
  • Pepper Cory
  • Gwen Marston
  • Ami Simms
  • Bonnie Hunter
  • Ricky Tims
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Karen McTavish

Here’s a challenge for you:  If a stranger looked at your work, could they tell you something about yourself?  What would they say?

I challenge you to “step up your game” over the next year and make a statement about who you are as a quilter.  Do some soul searching about what you have created, what you like making, what you enjoy seeing, and do more to improve yourself in that area.  Share more about this side of you with others… on your blog, in shows, in your guild… on Facebook… any where you can, really. 

I know that as quilters, there is so much that we see and enjoy.  We WANT to do it all.  But we can’t.  So let’s fine-tune ourselves and see what we come up with?  It doesn’t have to be popular.  It doesn’t have to be the same as everybody else.  But it DOES need to be uniquely YOU.

Give it a shot!   Tell us a little about your specialty in the comment area below.

FrenchStar 011

4 thoughts on “Who Are You as a Quilter?

  1. Oh yes I recognize those names! I don't have a specialty, other than I'll mess it up somehow, lol. I'm still learning what my limits are, as far as what I enjoy doing – I imagine it will take the rest of my life, and I can't help but enjoy the journey!


  2. * Diane Gaudynski..Machine Quilting on Domestic Machines

    * Barbara Brackman… Quilt Historian…

    * Pepper Cory… Had to look her up on the internet.. quilt teacher,currently lives in North Carolina…. Have not heard of her prior

    * Gwen Marston…. Liberated quilting / string quilting

    * Ami Simms… Alzheimer Initiative … applique workshops

    * Bonnie Hunter…. scrappy quilts….

    * Ricky Tims… contemporary quilter… Convergence Quilts, Caveman Quilts, Kool Kaleidoscopes

    * Caryl Bryer Fallert…
    color queen
    / contemporary/ artistic quilts

    * Karen McTavish… Mc Tavishing style of long arm quilting patterns / trupunto and whole cloth.


  3. It's funny, people have always told me they could pick my quilts out at a quilt show without even looking at the label. Beats me how they do it. I think it has something to do with my color sense and fabric choices.


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