All my life, people have asked me if I’m an artist. I’ve always said, “No, I just make stuff.” It’s taken a while to get comfortable with the label, but I think I’m just about there.
I do like making stuff, though. I make quilts, mostly. I prefer to make art quilts, but I’ll make the odd bed or baby quilt if the situation calls for it. I’ve found that I’m making more tribute quilts lately. People bring me the clothing of a lost loved one and I create a lasting textile memorial for them to treasure and, perhaps, hand down to the next generation. Sometimes I get to make a celebratory quilt to mark a happy occasion like a birth or an anniversary. It’s always good to commemorate an event with a quilt.
I have been working with commercial fabric mostly, but that seems to be changing. I like to stamp and layer my own fabric to use as backgrounds and I like to incorporate silks where I can. I also like to work with texture and embellishments, using beads, old clock parts, and trinkets from the home center. I prefer to let the piece tell me what it needs and then I do my best to live up to its expectations.
Check out my work at www.MoonlightingQuilts.com.
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