ABOUT

Picture of me
Me a few years ago

I developed Bamquilts.com myself, with a lot of help from Michael Roach, of michaelroachcreative.com. He is an excellent resource for anyone needing help with computer software.

Most of the art quilt photographs depicted here were taken by either Gregory Case (photos@gregorycase.com) or McGreevy Prolab and ProPress (info@mcgreevyprolab.com). Again, I was very satisfied with their work.

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I’ve been quilting since 1971. That’s the year my son was born, and I figured I needed a hobby that I could do at home while the baby was sleeping. As many before me have said – little did I know it would take over my life.

There was so much I didn’t know about quilting. Many of my first quilts were red, white and blue. I figured if these colors went together in the flag, I couldn’t go wrong.

Eventually I found a local quilt group, and that made quite a difference. People would see me working and say “why don’t you do it this way?” I couldn’t believe the things that didn’t occur to me, but fortunately they had occurred to other people. That’s my first suggestion to beginning quilters – find a group. A small one may be less intimidating, but usually quilters are welcoming people. Even larger groups often have subgroups for people with special interests.

I enjoyed what I was doing, but I became tired of making other people’s designs. That’s when I started “art quilting,” which is a fancy way of saying my pieces are original if nothing else. I know I’m creating art because of the process I go through – that feeling that I have to get this vague vision created into fabric, and there’s an urgency to keep going until it’s done. It’s up to people other than me to decide if I make ‘good’ art, but I believe the process is the same whether you’re working on the Sistine Chapel or Looney Tunes.

I was fairly prolific while raising two children and three grandchildren. The youngest grandchild is now 18. I did enter shows, and received some awards, in the 80’s and 90’s, but my records of that seem to be gone.

In the early 2000’s I mostly sold in craft fairs for several years. It’s only been in the last four or five years that I’ve gone back to teaching and entering shows and contests. I’ve also had articles and pictures published in several issues of Art Quilting Studio magazine. I’ve listed the editions and pages of some of my articles below. I also have a quilt represented in EDGES: Exhibit by SAQA MA/RI Regional Members (The Border, page 45).

That about sums up my life in quilting. I consider myself a quilt artist, but I haven’t had any formal background in art. So I think like many people, I started quilting, not art work, and it was a long time before I made the connection between the two. I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with quilt art. Or if you aren’t quite ready to make original designs, show me what you’re doing and maybe I can nudge you in the design direction. It’s so much fun.

ART QUILTING STUDIO:

ISSUE/DATE, PAGES, ARTICLE

Summer 2021, 132 Way Out West

Winter 2021, 96-100 Fun with Circles

Autumn 2020, 6-9, Inspired by New Mexico

Summer 2020, 118-120, Dancing in the Moonlight

Winter 2020, 80-82, Waiting for Spring

Autumn 2019, 86-89, An Abundance of Trees

Summer 2019, 18-23, Working in Bleach on Fabric

Summer 2018, 56-59, Studies in Blue and Orange