Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of quilting, between the Amish, Mennonites and the Pennsylvania Dutch. My husband’s grandmother was a quilter and quilt patterns have inspired my mosaic work. The solid color fabrics in jewel tones of the Amish make for abstraction that fits in with much mid-century modern art. We make a practice of going to quilt shows whenever we can.
The variety of quilts can be overwhelming, but there are many resources for the collector, including Collector’s Weekly, Mennonite Heritage Center, Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, State Museum of PA, and The Quilt Index. Quilting continues to thrive in PA, and below are some photos of contemporary quilt artists, Christine Shamborsky, Carol Heisler, BJ Titus and Becky Weiland. It was enjoyable to hear Carol Heisler speak at a meeting of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, and discover that she is the woman behind Lorac Designs, as we have seen many quilts at shows designed and pieced by one person and then machine quilted by the mysterious Lorac.
Becky Weiland’s work gives a taste of future HiP Passions posts, as her quilt is reminiscent of several other PA crafts: Scherenschnitte(paper cutting), Fraktur(illuminated calligraphic designs), and Hex Signs.Margaret makes glass mosaics to catch the eye and delight the soul. She works from a one-bedroom-two-studio rowhouse in Lansdale, with her husband Wayne Stratz, and together they are Nutmeg Designs: Fine Glass Craft. Discover her blog, etsy shop and tweet @margaretalmon.