Potluck Quilting: Building Community Camaraderie around Fabric Art

Built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration, the limestone building was originally a National Guard armory, a firehouse during the seventies and eighties, and it now houses the museum. The old rock armory is my favorite building in the town where I grew up.

During the summer, I had the opportunity to lead a community quilt project at the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center.

Collaborations are always fun for me. Potential combinations of people, topics, materials, and locations make every project a different experience with unique results. People are familiar and comfortable with fabric so the colors, texture, and patterns are relatable. Working with fabric gives an immediate level of comfort for all participants. With community quilts, individuals are free to make their own blocks. Stories are told, ideas and techniques are shared, and when the parts are gathered and joined together, the project and the community are celebrated by the group. It is fun to gather together with artisans of all skill levels to work towards common goals. It is most important for participants to have independent ideas without too much interference from the leader. Read more…

Moth Story Quilts

I loved being a part of the Night Festival at Ruffner Mountain, gathering with other artists to interpret ecological tales and celebrate nocturnal creatures.

My moth quilts, machine sewn and hand stitched, are story quilts telling of relationships between plants and moths. Life cycles, pieced, patched, and sutured with large cross stitches and heavy string to symbolize interconnections, the ensembles tell cautionary tales. Even though special plant-pollinator and host-plant relationships have been forged over long periods of time, the process of co-evolution is ongoing. Fragmented forests, pesticides, urban sprawl and the changing environment mean unpredictable food sources and habitat for the creatures of the Earth. Life is fragile. Natural systems and the ties that bind can unravel in short periods of time. By portraying these relationships with my art and by joining the efforts of other artists who interpret ecological tales, I have hope we will build interest in others to be good stewards of the natural world. Read more…