Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dumbing down of quilting...

Have you all been following these blog conversations about the "dumbing down of quilting"?  

  • Definition of DUMB DOWN per Merriam-Webster.com

  • transitive verb

  • : to lower the level of difficulty and the intellectual content of (as a textbook); also : to lower the general level of intelligence in <the dumbing down of society>

  • Dumbing down per Wikipedia is a pejorative term for a perceived over-simplification of education, news and television (among other things), or as a statement of truth about real cultural trends in education and culture.

Kind of an interesting topic, one that is bound to bring up all kinds of differing opinions I think.   Kesch brought it up in an email to me this morning and it is a topic that has been bouncing around in my brain for the past few days since reading one of the many blog posts about it. 

Here are some links...and the comments are quite heated by some fellow quilters that are all sorts of riled up about the topic!  

Piecemeal Quilts, parts 1, 2, and 3!   Lots of passion here!

Bloom  A good summary of the discussion and her thoughts on it.

Tallgrass Prairie Studio  How she is responding to what she feels is a personal attack on her quilting techniques.  

Sew Inspired...I agree with her sentiments. 

Just google it and see what you come up with...everyone has an opinion...it might make for an interesting meeting night next week if we all decide to voice ours! LOL 



  1. Ohhhhh, this is a good one!! I was listening to some women a few years ago discuss this. Very interesting indeed. Great discussion topic!

  2. I had missed this debate! Wow has it heated up. Thanks for sharing the links.

  3. I say whatever! There are always snoots and snobs in every group of every type. Where there are people, you will find a subset who persist in creating controversy because they thrive on it! I say live and let live. I myself despise drama and all the havoc it can cause. Negative feelings are never productive. Quilt on peeps!

  4. What a big can of worms! I also agree with Caroline - Live and let live!
    This is a sign that quilting is very quickly evolving, incorporating new elements and aesthetics along with a big wave of new quilters and a whole lot of enthusiasm.