I love to sew. I find it calming. Listening to the sound of the sewing machine takes me out of this world, and once the fabric is sewn together it is very satisfying.
Like many sewists, Edie Taylor learned to sew from her mother as well as in high school “home ec” class. But it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that she caught the quilting bug. Her mother and sister started quilting then, but Edie was working full time and so thought she couldn’t join the fun! But one day she happened into a fabric shop and fell in love. One beginning quilting class later, Edie was hooked.
“I occasionally make dresses and bags, but mostly I love to make quilts, she noted. “There is something very comforting about them, even if they only hang on the wall.
Edie sews for her own satisfaction and out of her desire to create. She loves working with color and value, and also loves texture. Different types of fabrics intrigue her. But it is quilting that adds that all important next dimension, bringing all her hard work and creativity to life.
Edie does most of her work on a Bernina 770 sewing machine. She loves the quality of stitches, and feels that her piecing, collage work and appliqué are enhanced by a high quality machine.
Not afraid of working big, bright, and bold, Edie favors designers Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Bridgette Heitland, Kaffe Fassett, Alison Glass and Marcia Derse.
Edie’s quilt Wheelhouse, using pattern design and fabrics by Anna Maria Horner, is on display during June in the Seamless Gallery. The impressive work incorporates fussy cut elements, large scale prints, hand appliqué, and multiple shapes to create a beautifully baroque world of flowers, insects and fanciful forms.
You can't have too much color or pattern!
Denise took up quilting in the 1980s during annual visits to her in-laws in rural Michigan. Her mother-in-law Bette patiently gave her “same-time-next-year” lessons. But with a career and family, Denise packed away her quilting supplies each time she returned to her Los Angeles home.
Retirement solved all of Denise’s quilting woes (at least those not related to sewing), and it was a quick journey from having time to quit to opening the fabric shop Seamless in Phoenixville, PA.
Cadence is a companion quilt design, also made with Anna Maria Horner’s Hindsight Collection, to Edie Taylor’s Wheelhouse. Cadence uses log cabin blocks to give a modern edge to Horner’s intricate, large scale fabrics while incorporating machine appliqué and fussy cut shapes resulting in an integrated transitional style.