Fiber artist, Lois Quigley says she has “always fixed things whether it was clothing or necklaces and anything in-between,” including re-wiring a lamp when she was twelve years old. By the time she was a teenager, she was crocheting table laces. Sewing followed, when she had her daughters and wanted to make matching outfits for them. Lois says she learned the basics by watching her mom sew, but she is otherwise self-taught.
Her foray into fabric art quilts started with college newsletter article. “I started making Fabric Art Quilts in April 2006 while visiting my daughter in Texas. She received her newsletter from her art university and an article by J. Williamson caught our attention. Ms Williamson made 6”x6” recycled fabric art quilts. She used all types of things including plastic barricades.” Lois was hooked.
Lois’s creative process begins by observing her world, jotting down interesting things or snapping a photograph, and then “I do my own thing. I sew the pieces of the art ‘picture’ on a background fabric, then sandwich the top with the batting and the backing fabric. I machine quilt and then finish the edges with a zigzag stitch, all using different stitches and colored thread.”
Because she makes “a picture with fabric,” instead of painting with a brush, Lois usually frames her work. She is happy to do custom pieces to commemorate weddings, births, and other happy occasions.
Lois will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of Lois’s work on the Gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org and on her website, http://lbqfabricart.weebly.com/ .