Saturday, April 2, 2011

How I got here...

It has been a looong and convoluted journey, 
but I am so thrilled to be a part of Tangled Textiles!!!!

My paternal grandmother was a wonderful sew-er, knitter, crochet-er, and smocker.
Fortunately for my grandmother, after three boys, my aunt came along 10 years later!
I am not sure that my uncles and father appreciated her handiwork!

46-Lisa in Rocking Chair
(this is me wearing one of my grandmother's handmade dresses)

My grandmother gave each of her 5 granddaughters (at the age of 13)  money towards their first sewing machine. Since my mother didn't sew and we lived in another city than
my grandmother, I took lessons at our local Singer Sewing shop. 

It wasn't until 18 years later
that I discovered quilting when I registered for a class at the local  community college
and I was hooked!!!!
I have made many (many!) baby quilts, a bunch of quilts for my kids
and a lot of gifts over the years. 

But in the last couple of years, I have begun to branch out.
Many of my 'quilts' are no longer traditional, they no longer follow a pattern,
and are inspired by my surroundings and ideas that pop into my head in the early hours of the morning while running at the gym or outside (it is a good time to think!)
I also have begun to dabble in other mediums, particularly art journaling.

And now, coincidentally, it is another 18 years later!!!!
How weird!

I chose "Sunrise in the Mountain" as my way of introducing myself.

This is not a large 'quilt'
but I think of this 'quilt' as one of my very first pieces of textile art
(ooo that sounds so cool!).

It was inspired by a photo my husband took at sunrise on a nearby mountain
(we live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of NY)
and I challenged myself by using techniques that were completely new to me.

And now...
I am looking forward to getting to know my cyber fiber friends better,
face new challenges, and tangle myself in textiles!!!!


  1. Oooo, what a wonderful way of interpreting a sunrise.

  2. Lisa, I absolutely love this. The mosaic effect of the patches gives it so much depth.

  3. Great quilt Lisa, love those patches! I’m sure you live at a beautiful place with loads of inspiration!

  4. Beautiful quilt Lisa! And what a great photo of the future art quilter!

  5. Oh my I love the patchwork here and beautiful colors. It is nice to meet you Lisa.

  6. Lisa, those colors just pop! It has a lovely wonky feel to it- a great jump into the art side of quilting!

  7. Beautiful Lisa! I love the feel of this piece. A very inspiring neighbourhood you have, too!