As you can see, Sally is a textile artist. The way she puts together her quilts, the way she creates each piece, is its own creation story. This one is particularly interesting.
Sally began quilting three years ago on a whim. She didn’t buy a fancy sewing machine, she just got her start by making a pillow, and now is a regular prize winner at quilt shows.
Last winter she was browsing through an ABC.com news story on commercial Christmas decorations. She was entranced by a Nordstrom’s image that looks pretty much like the quilt in the picture. She printed the image from the web site and had it enlarged at Staples.
She then picked out the fabrics to correspond with the colors in the image and sewed them together. She added embellishments through beading, and I think glitter, and voila: a first prize quilt that is unusually charming.
As you can see, it’s not your grandmother’s quilt. It is meaningful contemporary interpretation of a traditional American craft, one that showcases a national virtue: ingenuity. In a way, quilting is the ultimate recycling art — making something beautiful and useful out of scraps. Each quilt is also its own story. Creativity in action.