The Circus Trip is technically a collaboration between my husband and I, but I have a hard time think about it like that. So much of myself goes into making a quilt. He had a sketch that I worked from. I altered it, and the amount of work it takes to sew a quilt top, that does not follow a grid, far out ways his effort. I give Brady Haston 5-10% of the collaboration credit.
I learn from every quilt I make. The Elephant gallery had a call for a clown show. Due to a deadline, I learned pretty quick I would not be able to hand appliqué all the extra parts. I inherited a sewing machine from my mother that had a stitch that resembled my appliqué stitches. I used a combination of hand appliqué, and machine appliqué to get the quilt finished in time for the show. I still prefer working by hand, but excited about what the machine can do.
It’s fun for me to work on a quilt that focus on patterns, and then switch to one that has content. I feel the same way about making a quilt to fit someone’s personality, or vision, versus making a quilt that comes solely from my own aesthetic, conceptual. I don’t feel confined.