F E A T U R E D A R T I S T
A R C H I V E
The sewing of patchwork spirals has preoccupied and fascinated me for several years, in part because it is such a confusing way to sew. Since I use randomly shaped scraps sewn without planning or patterns, the final shape and size is unpredictable. The spiral will uncoil from the center only if a strict sequence of colours is followed in the sewing, yet the spiral seems to grow organically. The spirals can then be combined together to suggest growth, vitality, and interconnection, as in the quilt "Tendrils".
I have little patience for designing or preplanning quilts-I just want to start sewing, and to go where I am taken, discovering the theme or meaning of the quilt along the way. Most often, I am responding to the fabric itself, or to the shapes of the scraps I use.
Although I must do some planning for landscape or scenic quilts, it is my great pleasure to add impromptu details and embellishments, and to sew as I go whenever possible. I followed a sketch for laying out the design elements of "Lonnie's North Coast Quilt", but the trees and foliage were drawn free-hand by stitching down ravelled threads, and the mountains and seashore were sculpted from fabric.
My quilts are usually pieced on the sewing machine, but I spend exorbitant amounts of time hand-stitching as well, either in building up design elements and fastening down added accoutrements, or in the actual quilting stitches. For efficiency's sake, I sometimes quilt by machine, but I am always most satisfied with the look and feel of stitches slowly made by hand, and soothed by the process.
I don't know where I'm going next in my quiltmaking, but I'm eager to find out, especially when the paths I follow cross each other and lead me off in new directions."
Kristin Miller. July, 2004
You can reach Kristin Miller by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
and visit her website: : www.kristinmillerquilts.com
Patchwork and Art Quilts,
760 Killerwhale Lookout,
British Columbia V0R1X2 Canada
Do also visit The Fibre Art Network website to see more of Kristin Miller's work.
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