My folk-art imagery reflects my multi-cultural background and my fascination with folkart from around the world. Inspiration comes from memories collected during my African childhood with its animals and grasslands, a sojourn in the green South of England and time spent in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah and Ohio.
I just have to share a note I received from Carole Crawford of Arch Cape, Oregon
"i just had to tell you about my christmas gifts to the girls that work in 3 of our quilt shops here on the coast.. altogether i made 11 quilts... they were about 36x36 some a bit large and some a bit smaller.... one of our shops creative fabrics in wheeler oregon... has started to carry some wonderful wools....
i made them each a quilt using one of your patterns and then left a lot of areas undone so they could finish them... it was such fun...and i had a hard time not to finish the quilts... they were all thrilled and i am anxious to see how they finish them..
thanks for your wonderful designs.... i am hooked..
"i originally was just going to make 1 quilt for one of the girls... as soon as i walked into the shop she said that's sue spargo... so i thought hmmmm christmas... as i started making it i then thought hmmm will everyone else at the shop would feel left out with just a pin cushion... so i made 3 for jane's fabric patch... then i decided i should make quilts for creative fabrics (wheeler) and there were 4 girls there... so i made smaller ones...then center diamond (cannon beach) came to mind and i knew one of the girls there would love it.. so there were 4 more... and they were such fun to make... i can't remember when i had such fun working with fabrics and wool.. and there were no boundaries.. anything i did worked! and making 11 quilts there were all different.... i got them all done the week before christmas (took me 3 weeks to make them).. now i didn't put backings on them or finish the fronts... i just did the applique of the objects and added buttons and stitches here and there... then i gave them each a quilt that they had to finish... ! they were thrilled... today i had to deliver a 4th unfinished quilt to creative fabrics as one of the girls was on vacation and we forgot about her.... so most are going to have them done and on display for our quilt hop starting feb 11th... creative fabrics (tillamook) owner doris is going to order some of your patterns and books to have on hand as we know people will want to make the quilts..... thanks again so much for your creativity and the fun patterns.. your directions are terrific... i thought i would have trouble making the little house border but it came out fine..."
Many thanks Carole for sharing your story and all your quilts with me. Many are from my designs and I can't wait to see how everyone finishes them. What a wonderful gift! They are all very fortunate friends. I wish I could see them on display at your shop hop.