The Quiltmaker as Artist


“As a creative person, you are especially sensitive to the world around you.” -Matt Tommey The word makes me uncomfortable. It conjures up projects that are too grandiose for a person like me to create. Using the word stops progress on my work. Even today, it is difficult to for …

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Irish Patchwork: Piecing Frugality and Necessity

“When life gives you scraps, Make quilts” -anonymous My mother’s diary is filled with entries describing the latest finished quilt square that she hand-stitched in cabin camps, tents and a tiny wooden trailer while moving from job to job with my father during the 1930’s Dust Bowl. As a young …

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Freedom Quilts: Piecing Escape on the Underground Railroad

“Quilts are active agents in history and vivid storytellers.” (Click the text above to learn about Macia Fuller and her Underground Railroad quilts.) Women with needles. Creating maps and codes. Freeing countless precious souls from slavery. One group of stitchers was the Quakers who ran the safe houses, or stations …

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