Modern quilting? Traditional quilting? my work doesn’t fit into either one of those categories entirely so I’ve decided to call my niche Eclectic. I am an Eclectic quilter. Eclectic has several meanings depending on which dictionary you look at but the one that serves this best is: a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. I was asked to describe my style recently and you know what? that’s rather hard to do. I really thought about it and came to the conclusion that putting an already determined definition to my style wouldn’t fit. To me, the eclectic quilter uses a wide range of techniques pulled from both the modern and the traditional quilting methods. We aren’t afraid to mix it up a little and use both artisan fabrics with commercial fabrics. We use a variety of mediums. We use modern fabrics to create traditional patterns and traditional fabrics to create modern patterns. We might be called the Bohemian element even. It’s what works for us and makes us happy with our creations. The definition of Bohemian: a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices. I think that suits me just fine.
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