|I consider myself
a contemporary traditionalist when it comes to quilting. Much of
my work is based on traditional quilt blocks — such as Card
Trick, Mariner’s Compass, and Eight-Pointed Star. By using
modern cottons, hand-dyed fabrics, border prints, and fussy-cutting,
my work has a very contemporary feel. In the last few years, I've
been adapting Chinese lattice designs to quilting. These designs
have been used in China for thousands of years, so I am basing my
work on an old tradition. See my article in American Quilter,
My bargello designs
go back to the needlepoints of the Middle Ages; but in my color-shift
bargellos, I am making use of all the marvelous new designs being
used in modern cottons, including batiks and metallics. These color-shifts
have at least 90 different fabrics and often more than 200. My approach
to color-shift bargello designs is described in American Quilter,
I have been quilting
since 1978 and teaching since 1987. While living in Boston, I was
a member of the Proper Bostonian Quilters. Now, I’m a member
of the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Topsfield, Massachusetts; the
East Coast Quilters Alliance; and the American Quilter’s Society.
I have had quilts in the Vermont Quilt Festival (a third place ribbon);
the New England Images shows; and the East Coast Quilters Alliance,
A Quilter’s Gathering (a blue ribbon on a bargello jacket
in 1998 and a white ribbon for hand quilting in 2001).
1999 through 2002, I was the proprietor of The Quilted Gallery in
Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, Massachusetts. While there, I
explored new ideas in my own work and met many wonderful people!
I’ll miss my studio overlooking Smith Cove, but have now set
up a studio in my home.
giving slide shows, trunk shows, and workshops to quilt guilds and
Ann S. Lainhart