I seem to learn something from every quilt I make. But some quilts are turning points. They mark a change in style, a way thinking, a way of seeing. “Elements” was such a turning point for me.
What don’t you do after five days of teaching twenty students? Don’t try to edit your blog that’ll be posting that night. Especially don’t try to check it to see if your husband has scheduled it yet. Not when you’re not sure how to do it. You may end up posting it instead, before it’s ready. … Read More
Sorry for the confusion this week. I pressed the wrong button and posted before I was quite ready! Here’s the final version of this week’s installment. —Susan For much of my life, my creative space has been an appendage, an after-thought, a space co-opted from existing living space. You know what I mean. There was … Read More
The Fish Lady For a while, early on in my career, I could have been known as the fish lady. Quilts of fish were some of the first pieces I made for a general market. Before, I had done either commissions (portraits, buildings, and so on) or larger portrait quilts that I made mostly just for me. It … Read More
Of course the biggest benefit of my career is the guilt-free indulgence of buying all the fabric I need (or want!). Each new project requires a different “palette” of fabrics. Wherever I travel, a visit to the local fabric store is part of the itinerary. This in turn leads to stacks, piles, leaning towers, bales, barrels, truckloads, … Read More
Listen up. Time for some tough love. That picture of your laughing grandchild, that snapshot of your beloved bulldog, the antique photo of your great-grandmother: what wonderful memories they elicit! But they may not be the perfect subject for a fabric collage quilt. It’s hard for me to say no. When students bring me these … Read More
“Dain,” an early portrait of my father-in-law, influenced my quilting in several important ways. One piece of plaid fabric especially changed how I pieced quilts forever.
We all have projects that just never seem to get finished. Quilters sometimes call them UFOs–Un-Finished Objects–and these projects are almost always the source of guilt and self-criticism. It’s bad enough when the projects are for ourselves. Worse is when the project is a gift. Two years ago, Christmas 2013, I started to make a quilt … Read More
A visit to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts where my quilt “Crocodylus Smylus” is having its premier with over 100 other animal quilts.
In a comment on a previous blog, a follower asked if I would describe how I inject vibrant, non-realistic color into my pieces. You may never look at your fabric stash the same.