Wednesday July 30th 2014

A passion for our work

Ann Fahl said something great in “Yesterday and beyond,” her article in the April TQL. “And when choosing subjects for our quilts, the ideas we are passionate about are more likely to become successful pieces than subjects about which we are only lukewarm.” Isn’t that the truth! (Just look at the fabulous quilts by Suzanne Marshall and Laurie Tigner in the same issue and read what they say about their subject matter).
It’s the same for me. I love all dogs, but my favorite breed is the border collie. They’re high-energy, they’re smart, and their black-and-white color scheme finds its way into many of my quilts. I shared the happy news here, back in January, when I got my new puppy, the magnificent and challenging Meadow Magee. Before Meadow came into my life there was Echo, an absolutely wonderful dog who had been my faithful companion for 17 years. (Yes, if she’d been a person, she would have been old enough to drive, and I’m convinced she could have managed it if she’d had opposable thumbs and longer legs. She was that smart). So it’s no surprise that one of my most successful quilts (and still one of my very favorite quilts) is Echoes of Warhol.

I bet you have made a great quilt that you love because of it’s meaning, but you also love it because it’s one of your best. Please share it with us here!

Echoes of Warhol, 24 x 24 inches, by Jan Magee

By the way, did you know today is National Puppy Day?

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2 Comments for “A passion for our work”

  • Cheryl Lynch says:

    You touched my inner being . I made a quilt of my BFF, Bailey this year. I so agree about loving the subject is crucial to making a successful quilt. This quilt is my favorite of all the quilts I have made. I’d love to share a photo, but I’m not sure how. But, it will be hanging at the next AQS show!

    • Jan Magee says:

      I got a sneak peek at little Bailey’s quilt and it is fabulous! I look forward to seeing it in person, and maybe even seeing Bailey herself some day.


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