1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in 1992. We had relocated to a new state for myhusband’s job. It was a great opportunity to learn something new.Being a scientist, I had always been fascinated by the geometry ofquilts.
2. Why do you quilt?
After taking a few classes, I started designing myown quilts.First I designed landscape quilts, then I focused onprimitive quilts and then art quilts. I quilt today as a means ofcreative expression. I can’t paint at all, but I use fabric as mypaint. It can be cut and manipulated into many shapes. The printsprovide texture and depth. The interaction of fabric colors alsopresents a challenge.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Fusibleapplique is one of my favorite techniques. I find that machine blanketstitching around the shapes is very soothing and calming. To assemblea multiple piece applique before attaching it to the fabric background,use parchment paper. Assemble it on the parchment paper with a hot dryiron. Let it cool and then peel it off, place on the fabric backgroundand fuse.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (See link for more details of this beautiful quilt!)
The inspiration for “Family Musings In Blue” was the love of my family. It includes a family tree, hearts and photos of my family. There is lots of beading and embellishing and hand embroidery. This type of hand work was also used to embellish “Willoway – A Folk Art Farm”, which was featured in Fons & Porter’s magazine. This farm represents a place where I would love to live.
5. Do you sew other things?
I don’t do a lot of other sewing. I will makecurtains and drapes when necessary, but I even bring my pants to thetailor to be shortened.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I lecture and teach workshops that focus on including images and words on quilts, embellishing and decorative edges.
Thanks so much Cheryl for sharing! Your quilts are works of art!
I hope you all have a great weekend – I will be playing with my new iphone :)
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