My first experience with quilts came when visiting my grandparents next door. My great-grandmother and her sisters used to quilt together, using my father’s old pajamas, aprons, tablecloths, dresses and other bits and pieces from their lives. While I wasn’t born early enough to witness them quilting, I used to go over and beg my grandfather to see their quilts. He had at least 20 of them, but I always remembered one in particular: a quilt made only with medallions that reminded me of lace. When I was a teenager, my grandfather sold those quilts to get money to buy a car. I was heartbroken that I would never see them or touch them again. Then, a couple of years ago, my sister was unpacking boxes after a move and told me she had an old quilt that she thought I might like, since I was a quilter now. It was that same medallion quilt! She had asked my grandfather for it when she learned he was going to sell them.
2005 Winnsome Quilts
While I started learning how to quilt using some traditional patterns, I quickly realized that the kinds of quilts my great-grandmother and great-great aunts made were not my style or my forte. Even my very first quilts used African fabric that I had from my trip to Ghana, but I also began to mess with the shapes and content as much as was possible, using the basic sewing machine I had found at a yard sale, and often laying the pieces out on the floor or bed in my daughter’s bedroom.
am still a low-tech quilter, and far from being a professional, I steal
here and there, between dropping kids off, picking them up, reading
playing catch, etc., but expressing myself through quilts is one of my
loves and I hope, one day, to be able to devote a lot more time to it.
So far, I have had work in
auctions; 2 group shows at Ocean St. Arts in South Portland, Maine; a
show and a shared show (with my sister, whose paintings are at www.katewinnstudios.com)
at One-Fifty-Ate Bakeshop in South Portland;
Quilts 2003 in Augusta, Maine. This summer, I will participate in Maine
2004 and this fall, will have a piece in the “Quilted Cuisine” show at
England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA.