This picture features the center of a twin size quilt I made for my dearest friend, Pickrel. When I think of her, I picture her stacks of books on her nightstand and shelves (which I lovingly call “Pick’s Picks”), and I wanted my quilt to reflect that.
As a student, I started collecting fabric scraps from dollar bins and other quilters in my guild, and this is a perfect example of what you can create on a shoestring budget!
This is the primary block for a new piece I’m working on.
The photograph is a paparazzi picture of Ethel Kennedy leaving Robert’s gravesite that I photocopied onto plain white paper. I painted the white portions gold (minus the cross) to give it an antiqued look.
The block is comprised of vintage (1930’s) fabric remnants that I pinned onto a square of batting, then I just free-style stitched and embellished as I saw fit. The two military buttons were my grandfather’s during WWII, and I collected the shells on Catalina Island.
Here is a new finished piece I started a few months ago, “The Afterlife of Tarzan and Jane”. All of the writing is my own from stream of consciousness journaling on the fabric, and all of the embellishments are from … Continue reading →
Here’s a small picture (taken by my quilt guild) of one of my machine quilts, “Paula”. It’s twin-size with a mixture of modern florals and vintage fabric scraps.
I’ve always been a creative and crafty person, and in late 1999 a large part of my mother’s recovery from breast cancer was a woman’s sewing group, which is where I learned to machine sew. I always loved the process, however it felt too removed for me. I needed to be closer to my work. I continued collage and crochet work, which I still engage in frequently, but sewing sort of fell to the wayside.
Skip to not too long ago, my mother has returned to quilting, and I decided to join her. The freedom and control one has over her quilt at every step was very appealing to me, and I find myself especially drawn to piecing… But much of my work can’t even be seen, because I’m working so small! I’m obsessed with the intricacy I can employ, and the immediate contact I have with the fabric. I like free motioning, but again, it feels a little too removed. I’ll keep quilting, though, because I need the outlet. I think the quilt is an immensely intimate product, and I love that.