Let me make you a quilt…

Debbie McLaughlin

I started this blog/website about ten years ago when I embarked on mosaic work, creating functional pieces and architectural works for clients.

Since then I have evolved into sewing and quilting, which–I think you’ll agree, once you see my style–is mosaic-like in composition. My mom is a fine seamstress, and so I learned to sew as a child, but only really started finding my own path with fabric in my adulthood. In the summer of 2018, I made my first quilt, a king-sized creation fully designed, pieced, and quilted by me–on a small domestic machine. I don’t let a big project deter me; I had a vision, I learned what I needed to learn, and I love that quilt!

In bringing any creative work from dream to concrete reality, I thrive on the interplay of  working with one’s hands, imagining what could be, solving problems creatively, and honoring the unique tools of the trade. I sense the legacy of my family–a quiltmaker, a steelworker, farmers–people who worked with tools to create durable, useful, and beautiful items for their communities.

My artist’s mindset interacts with who I am as an educator and leader, too:

  • I see the big picture AND the details that are required to make the vision a reality.
  • I backwards plan with the end in mind, but adapt and adjust when something goes wrong. I don’t let mistakes stop me, and I welcome new ideas as they occur during the process, which sometimes means the original path evolves into something new.
  • I want to make beautiful, practical things for people–not fragile, breakable things that one can never touch.

Join my email list or contact me if you are interested in a quilt: from wall-hanging size to king-sized, I’m especially interested in creating a work for you that has personal meaning to mark one of life’s memories. I don’t send a lot of emails, just fyi.

Soon, I will also be certified to teach Color Confidence for Quilters, and will be available for bookings for presentations and workshops.

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