Welcome to tierneycreates! Thank you for checking out my blog! I love all things related to handmade crafting! I have an usual first name – “Tierney”. I was named after the semi-obscure actress Gene Tierney – my parents gave me her last name as my first name!
Originally from New York, I moved to the Pacific NW (Seattle) in 1997 and I now live in Central Oregon. In 1999 I began quilting as a distraction from the rainy winters in Seattle and job stress (I am a RN). My friend Judy D. convinced me try quilting. I made it through my first quilt, mentored by my friend Judy and the fabulous quilting instructor and author, Roxanne Carter (quiltingwithroxanne.com).
After completing my first quilt, I was not sure if this would be my hobby. Then on a whim, I made a second quilt, this time for my sister, who did not know I had started quilting. My sister received the quilt in the mail and called me with tears of joy and stated: “I did not know anyone loved me that much”. I was deeply touched, now understanding the power of quilts and handmade items from the heart…and I was hooked! Since 1999, I have completed over 100 quilting and fiber projects and I have another 100 projects in “queue” that I hope to make in the near future.
Over the years I have transitioned from a traditional quilter to explore improvisational quilting design and techniques. I am very inspired by the work of the Gee’s Bend Quilters, our local Central Oregon fiber artist community to include the work of the pioneer of the Central Oregon Art Quilting Community, Jean Wells Keenan, and Betty Anne Guadalupe of Guadalupe Designs, an extremely talented long-arm quilter and textile artist. She helped me explore working with new mediums such as silks and recycled textiles. I also belong to a wonderful and supportive quilting retreat group community which includes quilting friends from all over the Pacific NW and California (many of which are originally from the the East Coast like myself). I am also inspired by my close knit group of quilting friends I call my “Quilt Sisters” – they are fun and talented.
Everyone needs a hobby (and furry creatures to hang out with crafting). We all need a diversion from the daily challenges life throws our way. My hobby is creating items from textiles which hopefully bring smiles (while adorable miniature schnauzers watch) .
My long term goal is to move from hobbyist to professional artist and I have started working towards this goal by entering juried shows and joining organizations such as Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN), and the Quilt Alliance.
Fusing textiles and smiles,