Quilt no. 006: White on Indigo. 2013. Quilting cottons. 90″ x 90″

Quilt no. 006: White on Indigo. 2013. Quilting cottons. 90″ x 90″

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 “The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair.” - Lousie Bourgeois

I started quilting because it is an art form heavily reliant on process, patience and time. I don’t keep track of how much time a particular project takes me to complete because the time put into a quilt doesn’t matter. To me, I loose myself in that process, so wide reaching and so utterly consuming. Before starting a quilt, I daydream about grids, fabric, patterns. I disappear into those thoughts, work through my half-formed ideas and come out the other end with a nagging desire to make.

Created as a wedding gift for a dear friend, I was inspired by minimalism and its emphasis on the beauty of materials. I took the centralized, simple, square piecing from 19th century Amish quilts of Lancaster County, PA to create a bold, simple background to highlight the contrasting sashiko stitching.