Gender Kisses: Kiss and Tell
(Note: Take the poll at the end of post.)
Back in January, there was a bit of an emotional storm that blew through the quilting world regarding gender, gender bias, privilege and how it all relates to quilting. I don’t think I need to rehash the entire debate, but you’re welcome to read my original (and heated) counter-argument. A lot has changed since then: for one, things aren’t so hot around here! Stephanie (IndieQuilter) and I have had a few drinks, lots of discussion, and found solace through the quilt-making process. Which really, that’s the ultimate goal, it just took us a few merry go-rounds to get there. We both stand by a lot of what we said, but we also understand why we each said what we did. Also, the commentary so many of you provided opened my own eyes to varying view points and a deeper discussion of everyone’s sentiments. So thank you.
It’s now time for you to kiss and tell, that is if you can tell at all! You should know by now that kisses are always welcome! Instead of arguing over contentious points of difference, Stephanie had the grand idea to make quilts. We decided to both make a quilt, with the same set of basic parameters, and then let you vote on which was made by a man or woman. Stephanie and I have not shared our design or quilt progress through social media, or with each other until NOW! We are hoping to explore the concept of how gender may or may not affect the aesthetics of a quilt. As individuals (regardless of gender) we both have our innate aesthetic, which means you might pick the creator straight away. Or you might not. At the very least, Stephanie and I both believe that this will be an interesting challenge for ourselves, but it might also further challenge conventions held about men and women quilters. In the end, our greatest message is to be the change you wish to see in the world!
- Use the Raspberry Kiss block tutorial (based off the block “Pattern without a Name” attributed to Nancy Cabot) in any way we choose
- The finished quilt must be approximately 40″ x 40″
- Solid fabrics only
Let the world know what you think! Take the poll below, and I’ll publicise the results next week!
Which statement is true:
- Quilt A was made by a woman, and Quilt B was made by a man. (64%, 292 Votes)
- Quilt A was made by a man, and Quilt B was made by a woman. (36%, 161 Votes)
Total Voters: 453