Linda Kelly-Clenney

I am letting out my inner animal, the Seal, because of my love of water and the slick beauty of the animal.  I feel that it is the dog of the sea.  Their eyes look like the eyes of my dogs.  The seal is also connected with the Selkie (silkie, selchie or roane) of Celtic folklore and I am of Irish heritage.  I worked some of the folklore into my quilt using symbols and some embellishments. 

Women, to me, have to balance their lives and the lives of those around them.  Hence, you will see the talent of the circus seal, as she balances the symbols on her nose.

The quilt includes all recycled fabric that has been burned or cut.  Some dyeing, hand stitch appliqué, hand embroidery and free motion machine quilting are the techniques used.

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Helen Gregory

About Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory is the managing editor for Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors. She has been quilting for years; however, her very first quilt, a hand-pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden design, is still not finished! Since joining the QA/CPS team, Helen's stash has grown to include many mixed-media items. Basically, Helen has crossed over and sees artful possibilities in, well, everything. Having worked for years in the quilting industry, both as an editor and in marketing, she is absolutely thrilled to be part of the QA team. Like everyone on the QA/CPS staff, she wears many hats, and was recently mistaken for Pokey's personal assistant during the taping of QA TV Season 4.