The old and boring art vs. craft debate takes on a new view in this To the Best of Our Knowledge episode. As with many topics, looking back into the past and reconsidering past attitudes provides insight into the future.
America’s gone craft crazy. Everyone’s knitting, or keeping scrapbooks; throwing pots or wood-working. And naturally, there are new chains of stores that carry all the supplies these crafters need, or think they do. In this hour, To the Best of Our Knowledge considers what we mean by the word craft.” Does it mean a hand-made object that’s almost art? Or could it be anything that’s thoughtfully done to the very best of the doer’s ability? Reconsidering crafts, next time, on To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Last week I mentioned that Camilla, of CamillaKnits, called for blocks for a family who had recently lost their father and husband in a tragic accident. I thought that it wouldn’t be very difficult to whip out something and send it off.
My block is above. I wanted to make it cheerful and I think it does come across as cheerful. Camilla’s rules were 12×12″ finished blocks. Mine isn’t 12×12″, so it will probably end up on the back, but that is no problem for me. I am finding that it is almost impossible for me to follow new directions lately, though I did try.
I have to say I would have done well to just get out Around the Block and make a normal block. This one took me about 2 hours rather than the few minutes I thought it would. I don’t regret the time, because it gave me the opportunity to think about the changes to the lives of family involved. I was also able to contemplate the projects in which I used these cheerful fabrics.
I hope Camilla can use my block and that the family takes some comfort from the quilt.
This is one of the most cheerful quilts I have seen in a long time. I really like the background squares butted up against each other and the circles taking up almost all the space, but leaving just enough for the backgrounds to peek through.