Quilting has been Marie's passion for more than 42 years, and she has taught nearly that long.
The allure of color and shapes, a response to the tactile nature of fabric along with a genetic and emotional connection to my fore-mothers come together when I make quilts.
She loves scrap quilts and makes many. The fabrics tell so many stories and bring back memories as well as feeding her need to use up what she has (and sometimes to have a great excuse to buy more fabric)!
I sometimes describe myself as a split personality quilt maker, enjoying putting a contemporary twist to traditional quilts and also finding pleasure and challenge in contemporary and art quilts.
When Marie is not quilting, she is heavily involved with the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. In fact, she was on the museum's board for 6 years until recently. And she continues to be involved. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is considered to be one of the oldest quilt museums in the United States - founded in 1977, started by the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.
Instead of telling more about the museum here, come to the talk on January 8th, as Marie Straits will take us on a Virtual Visit to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
Phyllis Martin, Program
Please join us for this workshop with Sue Benner, a fabulous artist and quilter. We will make a landscape art quilt using fused, collage, and quilting techniques. Sign ups for this workshop will open at our November meeting. Stop by the workshop table for details.
Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she went on to add other techniques and develop a body of work inspired by wetlands in her childhood-home state, Wisconsin.
In this workshop, Sue leads participants down a similar path by having each one create at least one landscape quilt, about 10”H x 20”W, along with several small studies. Sue shows you how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric. She also covers fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting, and binding the fused quilt. A second image can be started if time permits.
Linda Garofalo, Workshops
Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of every month at:
Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.