Let’s Get to Know Each Other
I love meeting art quilters!
Art Quilters are smart, inquisitive, interesting and above all diverse.Everytime I get into a group of art quilters I meet engaging people who have become art quilters from a variety of backgrounds. That’s one of the reasons SAQA is such a dynamic organization. I would love to hear your story. How you came to be a SAQA person?
Write a little bit about yourself and how came to be an art quilter via email to: Margaret (email@example.com) Below is our first SAQA story.
Welcome to Mary Louis Gerek. Mary is SAQA member who is new to our region. I asked Mary to write a little bit about herself to share with members.
My husband and I lived in Rochester, NY since we were married – many years ago. I had learned to knit from my grandmother and started spinning my own yarn in 1993. I started quilting in 2004 after a trip to the southwest where I was inspired by fiber work: weaving, dyeing and the handmade clothing. I realized that I could start sewing again and move in a different creative direction. Soon, I had quilts running around in my head that I had no idea how to approach. I took a class with Katie Pasquini Masopust on design and doors opened. She gave me the language and techniques to translate what was in my head into fabric. I have also taken classes with Carol Taylor, Suzzy Payne, Judi Warren Blaydon and Cynthia Corbin. They each gave me knowledge and skills to move forward in technique and design.
I have done several art quilts that have been in exhibits by the Rochester Area Fiber Artists. In 2012, I made two quilts based on poems by Rochester poet, Kitty Jospe. She chose to have each on the covers of her books, Gatherings and Mosiacq.
My husband and I recently relocated to Fort Collins, CO to take advantage of the mountains and sunshine. I am excited to become part of the fiber art community of Colorado. There are many inspiring artists here contributing to a creative atmosphere.
On Display at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum through January 24, 2015 Wishes Through Our Hands : A display of Japanese Quilts Made in Response the the 2011 Tsunami . Opening reception 5-8pm Friday November 7