Life’s Quilt by Olive Woodward MacDonald:
Our memories hold in life much that is sad, discouraging and difficult
but also much that is happy, hopeful and fulfilling.
Each memory is a patch in Life’s Quilt.
The light squares are the happy and the dark represent the sad.
So we just have to rest under it as a whole
and we will be warm and comfortable
and taken altogether it won’t be too heavy.
Eldest of the 11 children of R. Dee and Donna; hence the name Deonn.
Mother of a Superwonderboy soldier serving in Afghanistan and beautiful triplet daughters.
Have visited Turkey and Greece (not turkey in grease)
Motto: If there is an easier way...
What got you started crafting?
I have always loved creating things, making little gifts, working with my hands. Essentially grew up underneath the quilting frames. Began quilting at age 8 helping my mother tie quilts. Have many fond memories sewing with my Mom and two sisters making clothes, 4-H projects and gifts. Helped my grandmother hand-quilt whole cloth tricot wedding quilts, watched my great-grandmother piece together scraps from everyone in town for charity quilts. About 10 years ago, found a bag of unfinished log cabin quilt blocks after my mother's funeral, and brought it home to finish for my Dad that Christmas. It healed my grief with every stitch. I was hooked, and haven't looked back. Now I love spending time quilting with my own daughters.
What is your source of inspiration?
I see designs everywhere! One morning it was a hot air balloon floating above my neighborhood that looked like a bargello quilt! I see a quilt designs in a tile floor, or it may be a man's shirt at the post office. Most often though, the inspiration and clues for a project come from the design, colors and shapes used in the fabric its self. Yes, fabrics speak to me!
What have you made recently?
Most recently, I used a poster that my daughter had made as the inspiration for a cheery wall hanging. ( http://quiltscapesquilting.blogspot.com/2011/02/garden-quilt.html ) It represents more than just a colorful, flowery quilt, however. Momma bird is encouraging her baby bird to spread her wings and fly...
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
Patterns are available on my website: www.quiltscapesquilting.com/patterns.php via PayPal.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
For me, quilting is more than just cutting up perfectly good fabric and piecing it together again. There's something about connecting the generations. Sometimes I picture my mother, grandmother and great-grandma looking over my shoulder. They would have loved the new tools, tips and tricks for quiltmaking today. They would have loved my longarm machine. Maybe great-grandma would have been able to finish all her quilts instead of leaving 50 unfinished quilt tops behind. And now with my own daughters, though their interests and abilities have a broad range otherwise, at least in the sewing room we are all on even ground.