The combination of colors, textures and shapes one uses in piecing to tell a story appeals to the same part of me that was drawn to the combination of color, text, and imagery to communicate in my chosen profession, graphic design. The transition from paper and print to fabric and stitch was natural, as I had already learned to sew, knit and embroider from my mother as a child.
As a basis for interpretation, I look back to the tradition and patterns of American quilting, using such traditional patchwork as the “Nine Patch,” “Log Cabin” and hexagonal arrangement “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” At the same time, I am inspired by the abstract European aesthetic. I use a variety of commercial and hand dyed or hand painted fabrics, mostly, but not exclusively cotton. I love the visual texture and additional cultural depth commercially made fabrics bring to my work. Although I utilize the sewing machine for much of my work, I also find that my more recent quilts have begun to incorporate many of the hand skills my mother taught me years ago. I suppose it should not be a surprise as this sort of community work has been handed from mother to daughter, neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, for centuries.