Creating Something From Nothing

This post originally appeared on the Improvisational Textiles website on 04/21/2015.

As a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) I receive the SAQA Journal.

In the Spring 2015 edition of the SAQA Journal, an extremely talented textile artists Judy Martin was featured. Her quote in the article “Featured Artist: Judy Martin” summarizes exactly how I view the art quilts I create with discarded textiles.

“Making something slowly with one’s hands is perhaps one of the most nourishing things one can do. Creating something from nothing – or better yet, creating something new from something no longer needed or wanted – is healing for the planet and for us.” –  Judy Martin

In addition to creating art quilts from recycled textiles, I like to create traditional quilts from discarded textiles and discarded blocks.

Please see my post, “What Was On the Design Wall: Rescued Blocks” for an example of a traditional quilt I redesigned  from discarded quilt blocks from the 1930s someone found in their attic.