Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Townspeople

August 14, 2008

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

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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.

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