When I mail quilts (to submit them for a show), I kiss them goodbye and tell them to do their best.
To you, how is quilting an art form?
Quilting is definitely an art form. I consider myself an art quilter. It's like any other art you might chose — some people are painters or poets.
Quilting is an expression of an artistic self I didn't know I had. It's a way for me to express my artistic self, and sharing that is important. It brings people together.
What do you wish people knew about your art?
There is a whole world of artistic expression being created through cloth.
Quilts are not just for beds. It's much, much more than that. People are most astonished by how quilting has become a way to express a whole range of artistic expression.
Do you have advice on how to get started?
Take a class at a local adult education center. Quilting classes are offered at many senior centers, quilt shows, community colleges, fabric stores — and the Lowell Quilt Museum offers classes too.
Small, simple venues are a good place to begin to learn and will introduce you to other quilters.
Put yourselves with other people (quilters); join a quilters guild.