In the past year or so I took my practice of improvisational dance making and started applying it to making quilts. I was taught by one of my favorite friends and artists of all time, Eliza Fernand. Eliza combines performance art, quilt making, and story telling to produce incredible works of art. I learned to use a sewing machine and sew a straight line and VOILA, a quilter I became. By no means is this craft easy, but like so many things if you want to learn it : YOU CAN. If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, use an iron, and be able to take a lot of deep breaths : you too can make a quilt.
a scene from Eliza’s performance series QUILT STORIES I recently took a brief hiatus from my personal facebook page. During my time away from the buzz and the feed I found myself at the sewing machine almost constantly. As soon as I was left to be alone with my feelings and no way to PROJECT them as far as they could go, I needed a new way to inform – both myself and my community. I made two small wall quilts, got as far as basting a whole cloth linen quilt (should start quilting it!) and my first quilt as a gift! It felt so wonderful to give my friend May a small piece to hang on her wall to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her first baby.
I am also so incredibly excited to introduce you to Jenna Valoe, the maker behind Rain and the River. Jenna’s quilts are incredibly designed and hand quilted in her home in Wisconsin. Jenna has been a huge inspiration to me as I continue along with my own practice. Even though our aesthetic differs, her work embodies the same honesty and dedication that I am looking to create in my own quilts.
River’s Edge Quilt by Jenna Valoe
December Quilt by Jenna Valoe
Now I hope you are thinking : I want to make my own quilt! Well that’s perfect because YOU ARE INVITED : Have Company will be hosting an improvisational quilt making workshop on SUNDAY MARCH 2 from 1-3 PM : minimal sewing experience required! Space is limited so sign up today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org