Then and Now
Our hope is that by displaying our first quilts with our current work, we will inspire other artists to keep working and growing in their endeavors. Creating art is always a journey, never a destination.
January 11 – May 11 2019
Curated by Kathie Cook, Marla Varner, Sue Gale
I have loved quilts since I was a little girl and watched my grandmother making them. My own quilt making began in the 1970s with the Le Moyne Star quilt you see displayed.
My personal quilting journey went from traditional patterns with traditional cottons to traditional patterns with nontraditional fabrics. In 1990 I made the decision, going forward, that all my quilts would be original design. A decision that was both freeing and terrifying.
My work is 100% hand done: hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted. I work with commercial fabric and my own hand dyed cottons. I basically create in two ways:
I create abstract landscapes by layering fabrics and building a design. I work from my own photographs and the scene must have a personal connection for me.
I do improvisational piecing by creating a lot of different components, arranging them, rearranging them and letting the quilt tell me what it needs to be balanced and complete.
Color is always my inspiration for starting a new piece and I never know at the beginning how the end product is going to look. It is a combination of hard work and serendipity.
My quilt making journey began in 1993 with the Salmon Seminole quilt you see displayed. The pattern was taught at a local quilt shop by the pattern designer and jeweled tones were a popular palette at that time.
Most of my early quilts were traditional patterns of the scrappy variety because I loved playing with color and design.
A turning point for my quilting began when I took a series of workshops from my friend and mentor, Pat Oden. We did a series of exercises exploring lines, shapes, and color and I learned how to cut without a ruler. Pat also taught me how to dye my own fabric. Oh, the possibilities!
I enjoy combining an improvisational approach with traditional techniques like hand quilting. My fascination with color and value drive my creative process and I am drawn to solid fabrics and geometric shapes.
Sue Gale email@example.com
I’ve always loved art in one form or another. In the early 90’s I was introduced to quilting. I took some classes with traditional patterns, fabric, and techniques. I tried my hand at it for a while, but gave up after becoming frustrated with those quarter-inch seams and disappearing points. I kept all of my tools and fabric thinking I would, perhaps, someday try it again.
Years later, I met some women at work who were very accomplished quilters and persuaded me to join them for sew days and classes. With their advice and encouragement, I saw my patience and perseverance paying off with finished projects. My taste quickly moved to modern quilt designs, and fabric with bold, vivid colors. I enjoyed seeing patterns come together on my design wall. I began quilting some of my smaller pieces and it’s gratifying to have work completed with my finishing touches.
I’m beginning to venture into my own designs, a new journey in sewing and fabric art. Through the years, I’ve met some incredible people who share this passion for fabric and quilting art forms. I’m indebted to them for their encouragement, friendship, and shared enthusiasm for quilting.