I grow up in southern California which I now realize was fun. The sunshine, beach, mountains, desert, perfect weather all were ideal, except for all the people that live there. I came to Arizona in August, l965 with first my husband to attend ASU. I loved it right away.
My mother and grandmother sewed all their lives so it was in my genes. I remember Home Economics class in 7th and 8th grades and making gingham skirts. When I graduated to a dress, my mother was the soul of patience showing me how to put in sleeves and follow directions. My age then – about 12or 13?
In the l970’s, I quilted with a group at Glendale Methodist while my daughterwas in preschool. They probably took out my stitches after I left. In the 80’s I took a quilting class at Quilted Apple which was then on Thomas/24th Street. Laurene Sinema despaired of my ever attempt at learning! Nancy Daniels taught me the quilting stitch I now use.
I currently do no other needle crafts but in the past I’ve done a little needlepoint and embroidery.
I have two children, two grandchildren, and no husband. At one time, I got to be an Artist in Residence with AZ Commission on the Arts. There was a set schedule of showing the quilts, talking about color/shape/composition, then some stitching. Students made blocks then we designed them into a top which was sewn together by an adult volunteer (sometimes NOT in the design we’d chosen!!) then we all tied the layers together. Now I am a House Manager at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Art quilts is my area of interest and favorite style of quilting. I enjoy surface design using techniques such as dyeing, silk screening, discharging, painting, stamping, and deconstructing.
My favorite quilt that I’ve made is probably “SoCal Pals” – a large one I made for my brother and sister-in-law which then they couldn’t buy. It was my 2nd Quilt National acceptance and was on the flyer they sent about the schedule of events.
I make my quilts in my workroom which is part of my house – it houses my ‘stash’ and sewing machines, worktable, washer/dryer, iron, all the stuff I need to “create”.
My ‘stash’ is quite large – even though I don’t need/want any more fabric, it seems to grow. Because I make most of it, I keep adding. Sometimes I overdye or screenprint on top of ugly or unusable fabric.
I usually work on one project at a time…. basically, one piece at a time. Hand quilting adds to the time it takes to complete a project.
I do some volunteer projects …. at Mavericks, Quilt/Surface Design Symposium, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Sonoran Desert Chorale
Some of my quilts have gotten awards and/or been published in books. A few have been on postcards and flyers.
I’ve done some teaching and would do more if people asked.
I haven’t published any books or patterns as each piece I make is One-of-a-Kind.
My website is Marlasquilts.com
My advice to quilters: Keep working…. or ‘plorking’ (play/work). The more quilts you make, the more a quilts you see, the better your work will be. Stay with it. Enjoy the process.
Marla Hattabough Gallery
this one is Vertical Complications so named because of the difficulty of piecing the intricate areas around the manes
Yellow, Yellow Palo Verde. There’s a whole series of Dudes/Dudettes……… The Palo Verde Yellow is so Delicious and Intense that it’s an appropriate name for this quilt
Ports of Call (one of the Red Giraffe series)