I'm always intrigued to learn what started people on the path to quilt making. Did they stumble into it in mid-life or did they grow up among quilters, stitchers, and textile artists? Did they choose quilting when a life-event like a move or an illness presented a fork in the road of life? Or were they just looking for a pleasant diversion—and got bitten by the fabric-and-stitch bug?
|Quilt by David Charity
In the December/January issue of Quilting Arts, you'll meet three artists who discovered how to quilt (and eventually discovered art quilting) by chance and by association.
Three years ago, Sheila Frampton Cooper didn't own a sewing machine and had no interest in sewing. But she was interested in contributing to her community, so she searched an online resource for volunteer opportunities. At the top of the list was Project Linus, an organization of volunteers who make blankets and quilts for children in need.
Sheila planned to drop off some fabric and leave, but the volunteers were so friendly and welcoming, she decided to show up at their next gathering. Next thing she knew, Sheila had turned her breakfast nook into a studio. A year later she started making art quilts, and now her entries to International Quilt Festival are garnering recognition.
|Sheila Frampton Cooper
"I like hard lines with curved shapes, which is representative of my personality. There is a part of me that loves to drive fast and is very intense, and that definitely comes through in my work," says Sheila, who continues to make quilts for charity.
And speaking of charity, we'll also have a feature on the husband-and-wife quilting team of David and Patricia Charity. David's quilts feature graphic, cartoon-influenced design elements, while Patricia's work is reflective of her interest in, and experimentation with, various surface design methods.
Patricia took up quilting in the '80s when a girlfriend of hers didn't want to go to a quilting class alone. At the second class, Patricia showed up with an unusual mix of fabric colors and prints that raised eyebrows. She knew then that she was probably not going to be one of the "calico girls," and soon turned to art quilting.
|One of Sheila's fabric designs.
David, who has always wanted to be a cartoonist, started quilting five years ago when his wife came home with a quilt of hand-dyed sunflowers that she created in a Phil Beaver class. Now he's starting to fuse his cartoon dream with his fabric creations.
The stories and art of these fascinating artists are just part of what we have planned for you in the December/January issue of Quilting Arts and into 2012. Subscribe to Quilting Arts now, and you'll have no trouble following the path to quilting creativity.
P.S. How did you find the path to quilt making and art quilting? Share your story below.