After a varied career in the design world, Jane began to quilt in 1980. She found that these “soft paintings” satisfied the draftsman, the craftsman, and the artist in her. Consequently, she now is a dedicated (some say “obsessed”) quilt artist and fabric designer. Her art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005, and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American art quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”. The book includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature inspired quilts.
Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for Free Spirit. Her designs are oversized and colorful and have been coined as “William Morris on Anti-depressants”. They are created for quilts, wearables, and home decorating. Her latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, beautifully illustrates her fabric “in action”.
Lecture and Trunk Show: “Jane’s Textile Treasure Garden”
Thursday night, May 17, 2018
This is a glimpse into the inspirations and process of designing fabric. From dreaming to drawing, coloring and cutting. This is a colorful journey through the creative process. I will also bring many quilts and accessories made with my FreeSpirit fabrics. Everyone will enjoy seeing how to use these contemporary prints to make dramatic quilts.