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I'm leaving in a few days for a Mystery Reader's conference. Mystery lovers seem to enjoy meeting authors and we are often assigned to be in a panel discussion. (It's really more fun than I made it sound).

Back to my subject--usually we don't know what will be asked by the moderator but mine sent out a few questions she will use. One of mine is--Is Quilting an Art or a Craft?

My personal wishy washy opinion is yes. Either one or both. Art quilts are definitely in the Art category, mostly because looking good is their only job. A solely craft quilt might be jeans cut up and sewn together to make a seat cover for the dogs.

Everything in between is subject to a personal reaction to the quilt.

What do you think?

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Comment by Jodi Cramer on April 28, 2014 at 5:27pm

Speaking of fiddles, I saw a youtube video of a 10 year old fiddle player playing with Ricky Skaggs. When asked what the difference was between a fiddle and a violin, he said, "A violin has strings; a fiddle has strangs." LOL A good definition.

Comment by Kathy Biggs/MO on April 28, 2014 at 11:32am

Is it a "Fiddle" or a "Violin"? Same thing, just depends on how it is played.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 27, 2014 at 10:45am

Thank you all. You have confirmed my position.

Janet, I think you nailed the changeable associations of the word "craft".

Comment by Janet/MO on April 27, 2014 at 7:43am

I believe it is a combination of both.  The word "craft" gets some bad publicity because of the chance it will be associated with arts and crafts; however, the word "craftsmanship" is there to describe the quality of the workmanship. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 26, 2014 at 7:47pm

In my mind, quilting is definitely an art.  The women who came before us were creating something  beautiful, even though it had a homely purpose -- keeping warm.  They poured all their feelings into creating this beauty and it was theirs.  Quilting may have been the only outlet for pioneer women to express themselves artistically -- they had too much other drudgery to do! -- but they did their best work in the art of quilting.

Comment by Shannon, ON on April 26, 2014 at 7:34pm

i saw a quilt today from Ireland in the 1880's. Definitely art, CRAFTED totally by hand. It was quite dark and dreary but magnificent. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Also met a woman in her 80's doing wool rug hooking (not latch hooking). Absolutely stunning. She told me about an upcoming show. It will all be art to me. But she was very modest about her "craft". How about "it's all wonderful"?!

Comment by Roxann on April 26, 2014 at 5:37pm

That's a toughy, but I like Jodie' s comment. 

Comment by Barb/WI on April 26, 2014 at 2:17pm

Yes!  Art like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. 

Comment by Jodi Cramer on April 26, 2014 at 12:29pm

I'm with you. The correct answer is yes. And not only for quilts. Also for painted pictures hanging on the refrigerator or a Van Gogh, handprints on clay or a Michaaelangelo, chopsticks on the piano or - you get the idea, etc., etc. Art and craft meet in the middle and the line can be very murky. I just finished reading a book about samplers made by schoolgirls in the 1700s. Definitely not art at the time but now? It's a different story. Only time will tell.

Comment by Pam/NY on April 26, 2014 at 11:42am

If, you look at BJ's quilt items, it is DEFINITELY art. Look at mine and maybe not so much!!!! Have a great time...sounds like fun!

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