Friday, November 23, 2012
My Friend the Quilt Artist: Carol Current
I have had the pleasure of knowing quilt artist Carol Current for more than ten years, and it is a treat to enjoy not only her friendship but the visual feast of the quilts she designs.
Ages ago I started quilting because my mom is a quilter. It's always interesting to learn how other people started and what inspired the spark.
For Carol, she started sewing when she was little by making clothes for her dolls with a neighbor friend.
As adults Carol and her sewing childhood friend luckily found themselves at an art quilt show on campus at Boston University in 1987.
Carol was amazed by the quilts there, but the most memorable were a crab quilt by Ruth McDowell (photos of some of her quilts can be seen around), a piece by Judith Larzelere, and a quilt titled "Unwinding the MBA" by Caryl Bryer Fallert.
She basically took up quilting then and never looked back.
I don't have a copy of "The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, an Oral History," but it comes recommended by Carol so it's on my short list to check out and perhaps on my list for Santa too!
Carol designed the small quilt above as a gift for a good friend. I was trying to steal it from her before it got to her friend (who I'm sure is a lovely person, and deserves it very much), but you can't blame me for trying. It's an amazing piece, stunning in person.
The design was inspired by a fireplace screen and she used a lot of Japanese fabric and embroidery in the creation of the quilt.
I cannot restrain myself from putting a second detailed photo in:
Thanks Carol for sharing your quilt with the readers, and your story of quilted inspiration.
If others would like to share your story of why you started quilting, I'd love to hear about it.