Featuring Diane — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
1. When did you begin quilting?
My mother always told me, “Don’t play with your food,” so I learned to play with fabric instead. I started making art quilts in 1998 and realized that I had finally found my passion. I had been knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and sewing my own clothes since I was a teenager, and the idea of creating art with fabric seemed to resonate with me right from the start. I love the unlimited color palettes, the textures, and the patterns that fabrics have to offer to the fiber artist, and, on those days when I don’t feel like creating, I’ll step into the studio and simply fondle the fabric.
2. Why do you quilt?
My passion lies in making art quilts that reflect my love affair with color; I share Danny Kaye’s philosophy that “the world is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” Mathematics and music are strong influences in my fiber art. Dramatic curves, circular motifs, and radiating elements create rhythm; repetition of these features and the use of symmetry create harmony. Interconnected feathers and curls are used in the machine quilting to add flowing movement, and many of the pieces are named after favorite songs.
3. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
For the Spring Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I shared a special favorite; it’s entitled “Autumn In New York,” and it makes me happy to think of this art quilt because it’s in the collection of a very special family.
There’s a tree in our neighborhood that produces spherical pods each fall; it always reminds me of an illustration from a Dr. Seuss story. I have seen paintings where the artist used round daubs of paint to represent leaves, and I wanted to achieve that same effect in fabric. I began cutting out circles from scraps of fusible hand-dyed fabrics, and I discovered it was a very meditative process (I was much better at this than when I tried sitting still and chanting “ohm” . . .). The circles were fused to a beautiful piece of fabric from Caryl Fallert’s Gradations line for Benartex, and the whole piece was quilted with Madeira and Sulky 40-weight rayon thread. The entire effect is reminiscent of our view of the Helderberg Mountains as we drive to the apple orchards each October for cider doughnuts (this is making me hungry . . .).
4. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
In creating fiber art, my focus is on exciting fabric combinations, lyrical motifs, and precise workmanship. Several works are in private collections, and a corporate commission was recently completed for four wall quilts that are now displayed in the Eddy Village Green Assisted Living facility in Cohoes, NY. It is always my hope that these art quilts will stimulate the senses and bring joy to the spirit. Thank you for this opportunity to share my quilting journey with you — please visit my blog and continue the journey with me.
Thanks for sharing your quilts and thoughts with us Diane! I love the intensity of color you work with – beautiful quilts!
Have a great weekend everyone -