Please take a few moments to visit her website. Click here to go to the page of her art quilts. And here for her blog, Jane’s Idea Book. Prepared to be amazed! (Three guesses as to which of her art quilts I like best.)
Unexpected discoveries hold a lot of latent energy. Sometimes the discovery seems random, almost inconsequential. Other times we can sense the importance of the moment, recognizing it as a landmark in our journey. Where exactly it might take us remains unknown at that point. Being able to embrace the uncertainty leads us to new and exciting places.
My foray into quilting and crafting was jump started a little over a year and a half ago when I stumbled across some bold fabric online. This was designer fabric, the good stuff. And it was like nothing I’d ever seen. The colors were bright. The designs were full of energy. I was blown away. This was so far removed from quilting fabric of decades past. Worlds and worlds apart.
When the yardage arrived the next week, I was even more enthralled. But I now had a dilemma. How could I cut this gorgeous art into pieces? For a while it was enough just to look at it and imagine. Eventually, I cut. And reorganized. And played. The result is the quilt below.
The entire process was ecstatic. I felt like a six year old at Disneyland. Something about the work of this very special artist and fabric designer moved me and made me want to create. This was one of those “Aha!” moments for me.
The creator of these unusual fabrics is Jane Sassaman. She is a Master of the craft of art quilts. She also designs utterly unique quilting fabrics. But most importantly, she is a kind and generous soul.
You will see a lot of her fabrics on this blog. They have become a part of my life and I enjoy having them around me. My journey has become brighter and deeper because of this creative turn in my path. A turn that Jane facilitated just by sending her creative work out into the world.