“Look at the great light in here,” she said. “Although I need to rethink how to store fabric to prevent fading, with the glass patio doors, a wall of windows, and port holes high on the third wall, there’s always a good time to be sewing in here with natural light, year round.”
Her current project is to explore techniques for making Liberated blocks and units a la Gwen Marston. “Although I don’t have the time to sew from every inspiring book published at AQS, it has been so much fun to sew out of Liberated Medallion Quilts. I’m making Liberated star units. Each one is a surprise and a revelation. No telling what I’ll do with them.”
“When I run out of design wall space here, there’s always the bedrooms, the family room, the garage…”
Like so many quilters, Andi’s sewing room is populated with UFOs. The Civil War Album quilt she started in the mid-1990s is about one-third quilted, 20 years later. “My quilting time is limited, so it’s taking me forever to finish this wonderful bed quilt.” Multiple pieced tops wait for hand quilting, which is her preferred therapy mode.
“My husband’s cooking improves in direct correlation to the time I spend quilting.”
“I’d love to say that I’m as prolific a quilter now as I was before I started working at AQS in 2008, but that pales in comparison to the honor and privilege to have had so many talented and creative quilters share their ideas. I quilt vicariously every time I handle a piece of art for a book or pattern proposal.”