The Giveaway is officially closed. The winner will be announced on Saturday. Thanks for visiting.
I am offering a piece of hand dyed/painted 100% cotton muslin. It measures 11 inches by 36 inches. The colors are purple, turquoise and fuschia. Some sections of the panel are vibrant. Others are more muted.
Sunpainted fabric uses a technique discovered in the South Seas. Paint is applied to the fabric. Leaves and other decorative objects are placed on to it and it is left to dry. The sun works its magic and impressions are left behind.
The sun works its magic and impressions are left behind. The colors are heat set and hold up well to washing. I have a t-shirt I've been wearing and washing for almost 10 years now and it still looks vibrant.
To win this fabric, you will need to answer a simple question for me. It is something I've struggled with for a while now. My grandmother always made a distinction between quilts and comforters. Quilts were pieced or appliqued and hand quilted. Quilts were made for special occasions. Comforters were usually simple blocks sewn together. They were tied with yarn and made for every day use. Everyone of us has one special quilt and a stack of comforters.
Now-a-days on the internet I see a lot of tied "quilts". They are beautifully pieced tops. Often they have complex patterns. Yet they are tied. Given my background, I want to call them comforters rather than quilts. (Let me clarify. I am not drawing some sort of snobby distinction between the two. I think that anything that is pieced is a beautiful work of art. I have certainly made a lot of tied quilts and called them that. The spuds actually prefer tied to quilted because they say they are softer and snuggle better. I am simply wondering if there is a technical or general distinction between the two and if it matters.)
What I want to know is if there is a difference between the two? Is it still a quilt if it is tied or is a comforter? Does it matter? Does anyone care? Weigh in in the comments. Entries will stay open until 3pm Central time on May 25. I will choose a winner as soon after that as I am able. (I will choose the winner by random.)
Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Sew Mama Sew for setting this giveaway in motion.
(Two quick points of clarification added.)