Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 14, 2008

'Painting' with fabric: Andover quilter's work shown around country


They look so ungainly and awkward, hanging themselves out to dry on rocks, it makes me smile.

What was your first quilt?

The first quilt I made was in the first quilting class I took (an introduction to traditional quilting at Northern Essex Community College). It was a quilt sampler. We picked contrasting fabrics, and did seven different patterns.

How has quilting changed you?

The class just unlocked something in me. ...

Quilting is a whole new way of seeing for me. It has heightened my way of seeing.

I'll see something, and say, "How would I depict in cloth, that light shining that leaf there?" It makes you look in a very different way, you're noticing things in a very different way.

Part of the fun is looking at a piece of fabric, and seeing something else in it.

What inspires you?

The kinds of quilts I like to make, I'm making out of my own experiences. (She and her husband vacation each year on Monhegan Island, Maine, which has inspired several quilts of ocean scenes.)

In a visual way, being able to share stories is very important to me. I think all quilts tell a story. There is a story behind the decision to make one quilt over another.

My quilt "Fidelity" is of two osprey, which have always been important birds to me and my parents. The two osprey represent my parents, one on a nest and one flying toward her. I made it in their honor, in their memory.

It (quilting) is a chance to express something personal.

Why do you enter your quilts in shows?

I enter shows for the chance to meet other quilters; it's fun to share. Not to win.

I enter to keep myself growing and learning from other quilters, and get feedback from the judges.

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