Every quilt tells a story and every quilt is unique. The common factor in all quilts is that fabric and thread are used to create a piece of art. To many viewers, cutting up perfectly good pieces of fabric into little pieces and then sewing them together again into a totally different looking piece of fabric, is unbelievable.
Who would want to do this day in and day out? The dedicated quilt artist and fabric collector! I have always enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and the same person who enjoys jigsaw puzzles (discovering a finished masterpiece constructed of hundreds or even thousands of little pieces) is drawn to the magic of quilt design. Each quilt design is a puzzle waiting to be put together. The design starts in the quilt artistís mind and is eventually transferred into reality with the final stitch in the quilt.
Many times the original design is nothing like the finished quilt but this just adds to the excitement and the design potential for the next quilt design. What starts in the mind is often transformed into a bigger, better and more dramatic finished quilt than the artist ever imagined. I prefer to make my own quilts from my own designs and not copy what someone else has already done.
Most of my pieces are one-of-kind quilts that I canít even duplicate as they are constructed one block at a time and each block is different. Each quilt is quilted by hand and the quilting design is developed as the quilting is being done. Each piece is also hand bound.
Some may have a similar theme or starting point but change from there. An example would be the on-going series featuring hand worked Cross Stitch designs used as the center medallions for each piece. I also like utilizing the old quilt blocks from the early 1900s. Blocks that have 65 pieces in each one are a particular favorite of mine. My current series now is based on the Wyoming Valley block from the 1930s. It is the only block in 3 of my quilts and is also used in a 4th as the border around a center medallion. I have 2 more quilt designs just waiting to be constructed using this same block in full size quilts.
Designing quilts is a never ending process and more are just waiting to be set into fabric. The journey continues.