Sewing has been part of my life since I was about 6 years old. Then I made doll clothes and a small purple gathered skirt still comes to mind over the years. While raising my son after I became a widow I started to work part-time at Stretch and Sew. Helped with the decorating and designing new ideas for the T-shirt and other patterns.
Working full time in Research at the U of A, my sewing activities slowed down for awhile. After a few years a couple of us took a beginning quilt class. We had a lot of fun and my first quilt was born, hand pieced but not hand quilted. I did have the quilt top machine quilted after I began working part-time at Precious Hands. Making quilt tops and Wearable Art pieces led me to begin teaching Wearable Art and quilting classes.
After retiring from the U of A, I continued teaching the wearable art and quilting classes at Cathey’s Sew and Vac. Although I enjoyed teaching the classes I realized that all my spare time was put into designing new classes so I began taking classes for me. It was amazing how much time I had to put into all these new projects. Now I make at least 15 to 25 quilt tops a year. I make a quilt and the leftovers turn into another quilt top or table runner.
A friend of mine told me about a Fiber Art Class at the Drawing Studio so I joined her. The freedom to make new designs with “cut and sew” and no pattern was a wonderful challenge for a persnickety person like myself. Some of the pieces have been mounted and framed and others are ready to be quilted and thread painted when inspiration spurs me on.
Belonging to the Tucson Quilt Guild has given me the opportunity to take workshops from well known Quilters and/or Quilt Artists.
Participating and helping with the quilts in the Judging for the Quilt Show has given me more insight for straight borders, filled bindings, and the stop and go quilting issues in each quilt. Now that I do Art quilts I have become very aware of quilting and design ideas that can create problems.
One of the reasons that I take classes is to use up “some” of the fabric that I keep on buying.
“Love color and like to see how it moves in the various quilts that I make.”
Sue Waite Gallery
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