Sometimes I look at one of my quilts and wonder how I made the decisions that lead to it’s creation. I start out knowing very little, maybe just one piece of fabric that I want to use. Then I get some others to work with it and then, at some point I put a couple of them next to each other in a certain pattern and… bam! somethings different and I have a place to start.
Looking at my Kalico Kitty Quilt (although I wasn’t conscious of it at the time) I know I was influenced by the bold statement the aprons made in the last two quilts I made for Jackie. One person said my Kalico Kitty Quilt looked like a kite and another that it seemed more traditional than my other quilts. I’ve been greatly influenced by the Gee’s Bend quilters. If I never saw their work I probably wouldn’t be making quilts at all. Most artists find their own voice by emulating someone else’s work. I may not be there yet, but my goal is to make quilts that look like my quilts. That maybe, one day someone will look at a quilt and say, “That looks like a Maria Wulf Quilt”