Name of Your Quilting Blog
Quilts and Stories by Sherry Ann
Blog address (such as: http://quilting.about.com)
Is your blog commercial, or for fun?
Both commercial and for fun....I record genealogy and sell quilts.
When did you begin blogging?
Tell Us About Your Blog
Passionate About History ,Quilts and Genealogy
My name is Sherry A. Byrd. I am a historian and Folk art quilt maker from Freestone County, Texas. I was born in 195l, in Fairfield, Texas, in the centennial year of the town.
My mission in creating this site "Quilts And Stories By Sherry Ann" is to document the relationship of the people of Freestone county to their love of quilt making and tie this love to the county's' genealogy and history.
Therefore my site is devoted to recording the history of Freestone county, as related to quilts and the history of the slave Edward "Ned" Titus, his family and their quilt making.
Your Favorite Aspects of Quilting
Creating story quilts centered around genealogy and hand tying or tacking them...is what I love to do most, but I am equally adept at creating M-provisationally abstract decorative wallhangings that are hand quilted . All my works are created from recyclables and therefore very "GREEN" in nature....contributing to keeping a lot of materials from ending up on the TRASH HEAP.
What makes a great M-provisational quilt? I believe a person has to have a great imagination and a "try this to see what will happen" attitude . Also the employing of miscellaneous materials,left-over scraps, a spontaneity in the piecing and quilting processes, and the love of jazzing and spicing things up. Last of all, sometimes the artist must be brave enough to disregard strict structural rules.
A lot of my quilt tops have been built as I sat at the sewing machine, or as I am hand sewing. I sew two or more scraps together and, if they strike my fancy ,"just right" I'm soon working feverishly to see what the total outcome will be. Not all my efforts end up as masterpieces. When that happens ,I just cut them up and include them in another project with a different array of tantalizing material. Almost nothing is wasted!
M-provisational quilts created from leftover clothing and textiles aids me to thrive on Beauty,Creativity,Resourcefulnes and Ingenuity.
I encourage all,"Don't throw anything out just because it's old". Seek to find an alternative career for the item. If the Universal Sovereign,Jehovah God,programmed the earth and its ecosystems to naturally recycle themselves ,then how much more we humans,whom he gave a higher degree of intellegence ,should apply ourselves to not wasting and squandering Earth's bountiful supplies. "ONE MAN'S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURES".Remember the art created from Recycled Resources in an m-provisational manner,is a part of our HISTORY & LEGACY . It's a cultural seed that needs watering and cultivating to make it grow in respect in the eyes of the world.
Our ancestors' motto was ,"Waste Not,Want Not." We of the 21st century do well to adhere to this wise saying and also instill it in future generations.
- Know your material and tell your story in your own words and your own way ....FROM THE HEART!!!!