Baby Fern With Mom
 
 
 

THE COLOR OF THINGS...

 

My first memory is of crawling, in my pale pink snowsuit, to my mother and the hem of her long grey coat which I pulled myself up on. 
My memories have always included the color of things.

I had a childhood filled with crayons, pencils, and paint brushes, along with fabric, needles, and thread. I was born to play with color.

I worked my way through college as a production seamstress in a traditional factory – a sweatshop. My job was stitching shoulder seams. I stitched one seam after another - day after day – month after month - on a super fast Merrow machine.  I loved it. I challenged myself to hone every micro-movement of my body until I was a smooth running machine – in the flow. It was a meditation - peaceful and mentally freeing. 

After design school I made traditional quilts for fun. I was a purist - using only fabric, a needle, and thread. But only one quilt a year was too slow, so I reved-up my sewing machine and, with my art and design background, started designing one-of-a-kind modern wall quilts, and commissioned wall hangings.

My art was slow going for a couple of decades while I raised four children. When my youngest turned thirteen I rented a studio - a third floor walk-up. 

I mixed my love of fabric with my oil-painting-artist-self and, using fabric as my paint, began stitching works of art which I framed and, gosh-forbid, placed behind glass.  Soon I was at street level where I opened a small storefront gallery/studio on the main drag through town.  One day I decided to make a baby quilt just because I like making stuff for babies. I put it in the window . . . and one thing led to another.

Today I specialize in modern quilts for babies, and quilted Christmas stockings made from fabrics of my own design.

I am now on the third floor again where I work in a large, two room studio under the jutting roofline of a downtown professional building. It’s a space of efficiency, peace, and beauty . . . set up for a smooth work flow, where I'm surrounded by quality fabrics, good music and vibrant colors – pure heaven. I send the good vibes out to you with each of my items.