I remember the exact moment I fell in love with quilting. In the late 1970s, a multi-media art exhibit was on display in the grand dining room of the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York (www.mohonk.com). An elderly woman ~ probably my age now and from this end, I have to say she doesn’t seem quite so old ~ had a quilt floor frame set up in front of the large western windows which overlooked the Catskill Mountains. The sun was shining brightly and when it fell upon her delicate hand, her fingers seemed almost transparent as she wove her tiny needle in and out of the fabric. It was the most beautiful sight in the world. I don’t remember the quilt, but I do remember the quilting ~ vividly ~ and from that single moment in time I was forever hooked.
I guess it’s my turn. I have been quilting on and off for about 30 years now (wow- I am that old). I took my first class with Ruth Culver, who is a bit of a quilting legend in Ulster County. My passion is appliqué, and more specifically Baltimore Appliqué, and of course Elly Sienkiewicz is my guru. I do use my sewing machine for piecework, but not too often.
I am currently the Director of Education at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY. We have a wonderful collection of 19th and early 20th century quilts, which you can see if you click here.
For the last 17 years I have worked with a group of quilters in my area to create a quilt for the Akwesasne Freedom School, located in NY. It is the only school in the world where students learn the Mohawk language. We call our group, the New Paltz Piecemakers. Marie, Dolly, Ashley, Lois and I are all part of the group. I will post a photo of our new quilt (Ode to the Bees) here when it is completed. ~Susan