Quilting is a craft and an art that goes back to ancient times. While I’ve tried my hand at a small baby quilt, last Fall I got a real taste of what a true art it is when in the hands of a professional. I learned so many things about the process, tools and methods while working on an environmental portrait of artist and quilter, Marina of Fireside Quilting, in her studio.
Her clients come to her with ideas; some nascent and others fully developed. Her experience and ability to add structure to a vision is the guiding process that results in a quilt so beautiful you’ll want to hang it on a wall as tapestry.
This craft, which is steeped in tradition has so many modern bits to it now – the room filling long arm sewing machine being one of them! The studio is colorful with fabric samples all around. It is a methodically organized work space and yet exudes warmth; a quality that is all Marina.
I grew up with a dressmaker mom, so I get the pull that textiles can have on the psyche – the colors, the textures and the weave. Collecting a variety of fabrics can be addicting. Photographing Marina was a joy, not only because I respect her art and passion. It was a joy being in the middle of this fascinating collection of textiles and watching an artist create.