A few of your quilts, such as "Bear Witness" and "It's Getting a Little Hot Down Here," evoke a very different feeling than your other quilts. What is the story behind these?
Sometimes my art expresses my feelings about what is going on in the world. In "Bear Witness," I tried to show how the flash and terrible beauty of weapons themselves seem to be aggrandized in the news reports of war, while the suffering of the myriad people affected is only marginally shown.
My son Alex is a climate scientist living in Spain, and my family has been hearing from him for years about the studies showing how serious climate change is becoming for our planet. "It's Getting a Little Hot Down Here," which used several leftover pieces from "Bear Witness," is my take on what may be coming for future generations.
What is your design process typically like?
I'm afraid I don't have a typical design process! It completely depends on the project at hand. Sometimes my composition is meticulously designed for a certain piece, such as a landscape from a photograph; other times I start throwing various fabrics up on my design wall and see what grabs my attention. I have frequently been told that I should work in a series, but I can't seem to stop myself from moving on to the next thing that interests me.
What is your favorite part of creating a quilt? What is your least favorite part?
Choosing the fabric to use in the quilt is definitely my favorite part of the process. Finishing the quilt with a binding or an artist finish is my least favorite. I am also not very fond of burying the threads if the piece is going to a quilt show and the back has to be perfect, but I understand why it has to be done.
Please describe your studio space.
I have taken over various portions of our house—the largest spare bedroom downstairs for sewing, designing, and some fabric storage, plus a good-size storage room next to it, where there are stacked wire baskets of more fabric, and half and quarter yards of hand painted fabric hanging on the available walls so that all of the colors in each piece can be seen at a glance. A cabinet in the garage holds my painting supplies, and tables hang on the garage walls in readiness for a sunny day of painting fabric to come along. My Handi Quilter® Avanté now fills an indoor tiled porch on the main level. This porch has wonderful lighting and will be a perfect place to quilt if I ever get the time!
What is the one thing you couldn't create without?
I really couldn't create without the support of my family. They think everything I make is wonderful (It is so great to have an unbiased cheerleading team!), especially my granddaughter Cosette, who at age six is designing her own little quilts now and wants to spend all of her time at my house in the sewing room.
Finally, do you have a favorite quilting tip, trick, or technique you could share with us?
Most of my art quilts are created with a piece of interfacing as the base. This keeps them flat and square, and I don't ever need to be concerned about blocking. (If I did have to block my quilts, that would be my least favorite task!)
To see more of Kit's beautiful quilts, visit her website: kitsquilts.norova.com.
Featured quilts (from top to bottom): "City & Gas," "Monasterio de Catalina," "Making a Stand," "It's Getting a Little Hot Down Here," and "Bear Witness."