THIS WEEK’S FEATURED MEMBER
Make Modern Triangles member spotlight is on Susan G. this week. Her gallery showcases nature’s seasons in collaged art quilts, one of her favorite creative techniques. Susan joined Make Modern Triangles to become a modern quilt artist and sees modern triangles as a bridge to growing as a quilter.
QUILTING FAVES AND NOT-SO-FAVES
What is your favorite quilt make of all time?
“What? This Isn’t Wisconsin?” is my fave landscape quilt to date. I’m always making more landscape and collage quilts…they make my creativity sing!
What are your favorite parts of quilting?
Designing / modifying a pattern, choosing a color palette and fabrics, embellishments such as thread painting, and FMQ
What are your least favorite parts of quilting? Piecing.
LEARNING TO MAKE MODERN TRIANGLES
When you joined Make Modern Triangles, what did you want to learn and/or accomplish? Triangles enable a wide range of variations which is great for incorporating in original designs of artistic and modern quilts. I started as a very traditional quilter, and still enjoy it. But I’ve discovered that, with quilting experience, I’m now a more eclectic quilter and will often alter or modify patterns, or even create my own designs. The intersection of my passion for creativity and modern triangles allows me grow even more!
What do you like about quilting with triangles?
Even though you think you have a plan for triangle designs, they always amaze me how they turn out!
What’s next on your learn-to-do list?
My ultimate goal is to be able to call myself a modern quilt artist…I’m on that journey and having so much fun!
What has quilting taught you about yourself? That I am a continual learner AND I love to teach! I enjoy the process of learning and growing probably more than actually completing a project. That means I have a lot of UFOs but that doesn’t bother me. I consider those UFOs as opportunities to revisit them and make them even better. More than anything I love to share my learned knowledge with others.
What is your next quilting project?
I’m working on two projects now: 1. Make Modern Triangles Sparkler 2022 quilt (Rebecca’s pattern). I’ve made the center medallion and several adjacent blocks (there are more monthly installments to come). 2. Children’s charity twin bed quilt – I try to make at least one charity quilt per year. I’ve already make 13 pillowcases this year for the same charity!
Susan’s STASH AND SEWING SPACE
Describe your sewing stash.
Enough to fill a room and then some: I love fabric!
Describe your sewing space and what you like about it.
My sewing space is a repurposed bedroom in a 1930’s house. It’s cozy and all the basics I need to produce a quilting project are easily at hand. Of course, I often rearrange things to accommodate my current project, whether it’s a landscape quilt, collage quilt, totes and purses, and more. Having the basic supplies for particular projects on hand allows me to work quickly, efficiently, and with a huge nod to my creative flow.
Do you belong to a quilt guild?
I am a member of the Playful Color Quilt Guild for 2 years now (thanks Rebecca). There is local artisan center where I attend quilt sessions with friends (old and new) and even teach some classes. I’ve been teaching how to make collage quilts and landscape quilts.
Where do you find inspiration for your quilting? Nature, art, observing patterns and colors, combining artistic elements to accomplish a creative goal.
When you aren’t quilting, what interests do you enjoy? The outdoors (hiking, boating, gardening) as well as knitting, baking, cooking, reading and teaching my grandchildren about as much of this stuff as I can.
Thank you, Susan, for sharing your creative quilts, art and passion for learning!
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