I have to say upfront that the writing style of the articles in this magazine irritates me immensely. Every time. A lot of the content doesn't interest me either, but I continue to read each issue because once I get past the folksy, 'cool dude' language, there is often something of interest.
One type of article I enjoy is about quilters and their sewing rooms. In this issue, we visit Alex Anderson's home and I was able to be a voyeur as I enjoyed the photos of her home space and read why she loved her home. My inner snoop was satisfied.
There is also an article about 'Shocking quilts'. Can't say I was shocked by any of them, but I know that other people may react differently and including some of these quilts in a public exhibition may be confronting for some.
While reading this article, I recalled Jenny Bowker's quilt, Secret Women's Business, which she made in 2000. You can see a photo and description of it on Jenny's webpage. It is a stunning piece of textile art, and certainly raised some eyebrows when it was seen. My opinion, though, is that it is a thoughtful exploration of women's sexuality.
It's difficult to know what some people will find shocking. Each viewer of an individual quilt sees it differently - she adds layers of her own life experiences to the viewing. She will also react differently, depending on her personal circumstances.
I know that this issue of Quilter's Home was withdrawn from sale in a chain of shops in the USA because of the 'Shocking quilts' article. My copy was bought here in a newsagency but, for the first time, it was sold in a sealed plastic bag, which I thought was ridiculous. Unless it was to shield people from that irritating style of writing?