Over the last 12 years or so, I have watched the “modern” quilting thing burble up from the morass of the internet and become A Thing. Lately, though, I’ve been exasperated by how it’s become more rigid and controlling it is. Can’t we all just make quilts already, and support each other without having to pick each other apart (soundtrack for that here)?
Maddie over at BadAss Quilter’s Society wrote about this yesterday in her post “Dont’ Be a Jerk About Quilting”, and I thought I’d share it here because what she said resonates with me. I consider myself a BadAss, particularly because I really don’t care what you make, as long as you’re making it. I don’t have a stake in telling you what to do with your art, your craft, your love of fabric, other than that I want to support you in it as much as I can. If uber precision is your bag, or improv gets your heart racing and gives you a giddy smile? Rock on, my friends, rock on.
What does NOT work for me is the sniping and snarking that seems endless about people’s art and craft. Making stuff can be a sacred act in my mind, and I if I can, my goal is to help others be happy in their act of making stuff, whether that means quilting the tops for them, giving sources for learning knew things, whatever. The making is what matters. So, here’s Maddie’s own words, because they speak volumes:
To be a BadAss Quilter is to be confident enough to embrace your own style without the need to mock the style of others. To at least aspire to fearlessness in your craft as well as authentic, compassionate and ethical treatment of each other. To be generally opposed to dumb-ass behavior that separates, denigrates or makes light of another’s work, style or lifestyle. In short, we are opposed to being a jerk about most things and about quilting most of all.
Be happy in your work, friends. Let me know what you think, if you care to share, in the comments. Better yet, go show Maddie some love!