The best gift I ever received was from my Grandma Smith. She gave me a child’s sewing box full of everything you needed to start sewing. I sewed anything, even surgical stitches on my Raggedy Ann doll to match mine.
Finally in November 2014, I made my first art quilt. I got the big idea of making my grandchildren something lasting and personal for Christmas. There started my journey into Art Quilting. I love every minute of my journey of mistakes and accomplishments in art quilting. The sky’s only the beginning.
Jennifer grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received a B.A. in Political Science, certificate in Journalism from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Morrow, is married and has two children and four grandchildren.
I’m pretty much obsessed with any kind of textile art. I have lots of time to do things I’ve wanted to explore through the years. I love meeting women who shared my passion for sewing. I want to meet new people and show off a little. I want to see if there were any other people as crazy about textile art as I am. I’ve been dying and painting fabric and t-shirts for years now. It’s way more exciting than just sewing.
Peggy has fond memories of her mother embroidering linens and sewing her school dresses. Her father was in the Air Force so she spent part of her childhood in South Carolina in the 1950’s and remembers trips to fabric shops with her mother.
She bought her first sewing machine shortly after marrying, and made a few garments- even her daughter’s wedding dress. She then found a creative outlet in fabric crafting using her sewing skills. In fact Peggy and her mother were co – owners of a handcrafted gifts shop for about ten years.
Now she enjoys time with her husband and family, (especially her three grandchildren)and making art quilts.
I never wanted to make a traditional quilt but always found them interesting. One day I picked up a Quilting Arts magazine and it was an “aha” moment. I discovered art quilting. As soon as I saw the art quilts I knew that was what I wanted to make. I love fabrics. I love the color, the texture, the embellishments, and the way the quilting lines, along with hand stitching, creates movement. Many of my quilts are inspired by nature and based on my own photos.
Chris is enjoying her retirement years in Yellow Springs, OH, with gardening, bicycling, traveling, and sewing. Her mother taught her to sew and that was reinforced with 4-H in high school. She made her wedding dress and her attendants’ dresses. Work life took over the little time for sewing until retirement. A Miami Valley Quilt Network show at the Dayton Metro Library introduced Chris to this art form. She took her first traditional quilt class in April 2014. A Christmas gift of a new Singer sewing machine from her daughter and joining MVAQN study group started Chris on learning to make art quilts.
I am an art quilt newbie. I’m still learning the basic techniques such fusing, satin stitching or painting fabrics. The joy of playing with fabric, translating an idea into a finished project, is my reward.
Ann grew up in Dayton with family members that were all self-taught artists of some sort. She received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and has worked in various nursing jobs over the years but always returns to some form of art as her passion.
She lives in Centerville with her husband. When not quilting, Ann enjoys yoga, gardening, bicycling, reading, and skiing.
Ever since childhood fiber arts held my interest. I’ve experimented with macramé, embroidery, weaving, and sewing or designing clothes. My mother’s love of quilting drew me to it. Her knowledge and fabric stash got me started on my own journey of love for all things fabric. Working with cloth provides me with endless possibilities to satisfy my urge to create since fiber holds the perfect mix of tactile and visual art that I enjoy.
In the process of breaking out from traditional patterns of quilting, my own original designs emerged. Quilting offers me an opportunity to manipulate materials in a myriad of ways to create beauty and emotion. Especially satisfying is the texture of quilting which enhances the interplay of light and shadow created by stitching.