Posted October 22nd, 2010 by Ellen
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Pieces From My Heart…and Soul   (click to view)
~This gallery reflects the current direction of my work, as well as quilts from my recent past. While still intuitive, these pieces are becoming much more abstract. Although nearly imperceptible at times, the log cabin block remains the biggest influence – a jumping off point for much of my work. And personal themes are always a constant thread. I can’t wait to see what the future holds as I follow my heart!

Early Influences   (click to view)
~ When I began quilting in 1980, I was drawn to very traditional designs. A fourth generation quilter, I was influenced by the patterns my mother, paternal grandmother and maternal great-grandmother had made. This gallery includes some of the family quilts my sisters and I are fortunate enough to still have.

The First Decade   (click to view)
~ My first quilts were greatly influenced by the traditions of my past. Colors were pastels – pink, blue and mint green being favorites, along with 19th century cobalt blues from my vintage textile collection. This was also when I made my first log cabin quilt.

My Love Affair with Log Cabin   (click to view)
~ Surveys have shown that the log cabin is one of the three most popular patterns used by quilt makers. I can see why! Although an extremely simple block, its possibilities for design are endless. This gallery includes some of the early quilts I created by replicating traditional patchwork patterns using only log cabin blocks. This design principle was illustrated in an article I wrote for American Quilter magazine.

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