Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Child # 4: Heather—37”X25”—1993--$3,500


This is part of a series of “inner child” quilts. I believe in the inner child in all of us. The inner child is the creative child. Heather has a butterfly on her head; she is constantly being reborn! Machine appliqué, fabric, beads, buttons, polymer clay, painted panels, acrylic paint, fabric paint.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Star Mountain, 46.5”X52.5”, 1991, $3,500


This quilt has a big dove on the left, a floating Spirit on the right, a tall mountain in the center and a star above. The dove is for peace, the Spirit is for knowing the Truth, the mountain is for going for your dreams, and the star is for following your guidance. It is machine appliqué fabric, acrylic paint and fabric paint.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Art is for Healing, 53.5”X53.5”, 1997, $6,000


I do believe that this is true. We are all here to express our creativity in whatever form. And if we are creating art it is very healing because we are getting in touch with and revealing our innate nature. In 1997, I spent the year on my own inner healing of issues of incest. I went to therapy and did many drawings stemming from childhood memories, pleasant and unpleasant. This revealing quilt has a painted and embellished surface, with braided fabric along the top and “yo-yos” around the border.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I Am Who I Am, 16.5”X38”, 2003, $1,200


In my Quilted Portraits, I use what I call my "puzzle interchange" technique. For this quilt, I began with four fabric squares and four copies of the design drawing. I cut out all of the pieces, interchanged them and reassembled them to form four different combinations of fabric parts. After the sewing and finishing processes were done, I added acrylic paint and jewels. When considering how to name this artwork, my mind was blank, but "I Am Who I Am" popped into my head!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rats ‘N Tats ‘N Tea-Eye-O, 52”X52”, 1995, $4,500


I was thinking about a game I played with my friends as a child in grade school, where we danced back and forth singing these words, which I never really knew the meaning of. I made this quilt many, many years later in response, thinking that perhaps someone would resonate with it. It is machine appliqué with acrylic paint, fabric, buttons, braids and polymer clay buttons.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Contemplating the NinePatch, 92”X50”, 1994, $10,000

This quilt was exhibited in Quilt National ‘95, and received the Quilts Japan Award ‘95. As a result, Therese May traveled to Japan to give lectures in Tokyo and Osaka as well as to see the beautiful country of Japan.

“For this quilt I began with the idea that I appreciate the tradition of the patchwork quilt and especially the nine patch pattern, which is simply a block made up of nine squares. I made a large nine patch with lots of embellishment--paint, buttons, beads, etc. Then, I felt like I wanted to make some kind of statement about my admiration. So I made a portrait of myself to put next to it, contemplating the nine patch.” Machine appliqué, fabric, thread, buttons, beads, braids, painted panels, polymer clay.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

"Love House", 78”X58”, 2002-, $4,000


This is a relationship quilt. The nine squares make up the “Bagua” form, which is part of the Feng Shui system. The colors best suited to love and relationship, are red, pink and white. I incorporated a crazy quilt pattern onto the design to give it a “homey” look, along with the two white doggies above representing lovers. The flowers and the cat down below give it a wonderful garden feeling.

Friday, March 16, 2007

"Mellissa", 38”X38”, 2003, $3,500

This is part of my “Quilted Portrait” series. Mellissa is a fantasy character, perfect for children! There are sixteen squares in all. I started with a small drawing and copied it 16 times. I took 16 different fabrics, one square each. I cut out all of the pieces, using the drawings as patterns. I assembled each individual portrait like a little jig saw puzzle. It is machine appliquéd and machine quilted. All of the eyes are polymer clay.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Baby Breath" 68"x79", 1995, $5,000


This quilt was made in response to the nineteen children who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. There are nineteen white birds flying toward the light. The quilt was part of an exhibit which traveled to museums all over the country.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Life on Three Levels", 66"x67", 1995, $5,500

I like the idea of Life being the flow of the creative process. Every thought I think and every activity I engage in is creative and has some result. On the top level of this quilt, I have put my ”Flying Saucers”, which are made up of small painted panels, glass beads, buttons, embroidery and squeeze-bottle paint. This is like the Universal level of Life. The middle level in the quilt is the physical, and I have included my various animal shaped butterflies. This suggests the transformational nature of our life on the planet. On the bottom level of the quilt are two profiles, representing the dreamers; and in the center is a cone-shaped container with a pink streamer, which carries the dreams and ideas back up to the top, giving us a continuation of the creative process

Machine appliqué, fabric, thread acrylic paint, fabric paint, buttons, beads, painted panels, braids, polymer clay.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"Child #6: Sandy". 37"x25", 1993, $3,500



This piece was part of a series of 6 inner child quilts that I made in 1993. I have always strongly believed in the healing of the inner child, and I have done a lot of work in that area. Each of the six quilts has a different child character with it’s own distinct personality. Each one has the “flying saucers” across the top, made up of small painted panels and embellished with beads, buttons and embroidery. The quilts are covered with polymer clay buttons, acrylic paint, and fabric paint. This quilt’s character, “Sandy” is balancing a cup on her head, and a little dog on her nose. The hands above her affirm her creativity. Machine Appliqué, fabric, thread, beads, buttons, painted panels, polymer clay, acrylic paint, fabric paint.

Monday, March 12, 2007

"Horsey Fish", 41"x41", 1991, $3,000

I made this quilt when I was teaching at Cabrillo College in California. The problem was to make an art quilt without using sewing or a sewing machine. So, for the quilt top, I made a “fabric collage” using scissors, fabric and fusible interfacing, which made it possible to iron the pieces onto a muslin backing. Then I embellished the surface with squeeze-bottle paint, which took the place of decorative stitching. I suppose I could have put the three layers together without sewing, also, but I did use a sewing machine for that part! Fabric, acrylic paint, fabric paint.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

"The Great Cosmic Tomatoe", 53"x49", 1999, $4,500


“The Great Cosmic Tomatoe”: the creative process of thinking which is happening here is really about the idea that everything is God, so we could think of anything or any object and turn it into something really great. Or maybe this is a humorous way of showing how far a fantasy can go!! Machine appliqué, fabric, thread, buttons, braids, polymer clay, acrylic paint

Saturday, March 10, 2007

"Cat Eyes", 52"x65", 1991, $4,000

I love looking into my cat’s eyes and seeing the texture and colors of the irises. Cats have an animated way of looking at critters. In this quilt I am expressing the wonder of what a cat must be taking in with it’s eyes, so I put little critters into this cat’s eyes. I have embellished this quilt with many buttons and paint dots. Machine appliqué, fabric, thread, acrylic paint.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

"Quilt Conversations", 64"x64", 1990-1996, $6,000


A Quilt is a conversation in so many ways. It is a conversation about the materials and fabrics. Different fabrics bring up different feelings and thoughts; then there is the idea behind the imagery which has to do with expressing and sharing experiences. I was thinking about how the act of quilting is like a conversation between lots of people, bringing people together from all over the world; people who might not have otherwise met; forming groups and becoming friends; creating opportunities...........

This quilt shows a conversation around a quilt. Perhaps this is another way of healing relationships, talking, feeding one another, having fun, and growing!!!

Machine appliqué, fabric, thread, buttons, beads, braids, acrylic paint, fabric paint, polymer clay.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

"For the Love of Money", 38"x38", 2002, $4,500


This fun “puzzle interchange quilted portrait” with hair standing on end is another quilt made up of 16 squares with faces. It is embellished with acrylic paint, fabric paint, jewels and polymer clay. I began it as a demonstration piece while teaching a workshop at UC Santa Cruz. I felt nervous about sharing in front of a group of students, but my philosophy is “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”. This quilt is an expression (hair standing on end) of my trepidation. The “Love of Money” is also a good reason for going forward in whatever challenge is in front of me. Machine appliqué, fabric, thread, acrylic paint, fabric paint, polymer clay.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

"Cup-O-Wurms", 60"x65", 1995, $6,000

This quilt is about creativity and ideas and the idea that there are infinite ideas and infinite possibilities. Sometimes having a new idea is like opening a new “can of worms”; or in this case a “Cup-O-Wurms”. Not only are there infinite ideas, but within each individual idea, there are infinite ideas. Creativity is wonderful, but can also be maddening at times!! Machine appliqué, buttons, beads, braids, polymer clay, acrylic paint, fabric paint.

Monday, March 5, 2007

"Ned", 40"x40", 2005, $4,500


“Ned” is an imaginary character made up for the sake of doing a “Quilted Portrait” to show my “puzzle interchange” quilt recipe. I started making quilted portraits many years ago with one of my first attempts at making art quilts. One of the results was the “Therese Quilt” which, in 1999, was chosen as one of the “100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century”. A friend then suggested that I design an updated version of the quilted portrait. Then when I was invited to demonstrate the technique on the TV show, “Simply Quilts” with Alex Anderson, I was inspired to begin making a whole series of quilted portraits based on this technique. The simplified shapes used in the faces are perfect to show others how to use the technique. The “Ned” part of the quilt consists of four squares with four faces with polymer clay buttons, beads and white buttons for embellishment. The beautiful purple border is a computer print of my braided rug appliqué and the computerized machine quilting design echoes the braided rug pattern. This art quilt is light-hearted and fun.

The materials are cotton fabric, cotton batting, thread, paint, buttons, beads, polymer clay and printer ink.

The techniques are puzzle interchange machine appliqué, embellishment with buttons, beads, polymer clay, acrylic paint, machine quilting, computer printing.

I designed the quilting by making a drawing of my braided rug pattern. I gave the drawing to Carlos Ramirez who programmed it into his computer. He then machine quilted “Ned” with his long arm machine using “Therese May’s Braided Rug Quilting Pattern”.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

"Cup Mandala", 65"x75", 2006, $10,000


I love the idea of creating my own fabrics. I admire many artists who design for the commercial quilt fabric market. I have incorporated one of the prints of Kaffe Fassett into this piece to show the compatibility of my fabric next to his. I have done hundreds of drawings which, I think could be adapted into fabric designs. “Cup Mandala” is an experiment to see how my fabrics could be used in a finished quilt. I have also added acrylic paint to the surface and I have written words around the edge to express feelings of flowing.

The central panel of this quilt began as a pen and ink drawing on paper. I hired the Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki to enlarge and print it onto cotton fabric. The 8x10 border panels, also printed by the Pixeladies, began with my own design of fabric embellished with polymer clay buttons, buttons, acrylic paint and fabric paint. The quilt was quilted by Carlos Ramirez of Ohana Quilt Company. The quilting design began as my own drawing, which I did to echo the design in the original drawing of the central panel. Carlos programmed my drawing with the computer and quilted the piece with his long arm quilting machine.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

"Creative Heart",96"x66", 2006, $9,500


Fabric, thread, paint, machine appliqué, machine quilting, painted fabric, paint writing.

The creative process is a part of everything in life. My thinking is what creates what will happen in my life. I get an idea and a desire for something and I act on it setting the process in motion. If the idea comes from my heart, then the result is something wonderful. The images in this quilt are all from my heart—flowers, birds, clouds, hearts, the kimono shape. The hands of the quilting pattern sign “I Love You”. The paint writing covering the entire surface of the piece are the repetitive affirmation of “ONE” for one people, one life.

Friday, March 2, 2007

"Bagua", 48"x48", 2001, $4,000


I used nine squares to represent the nine “guas” in Feng Shui. I like that the “Bagua” in Feng Shui is a ninepatch. The fabric I used is Japanese and Chinese, and the appliqué technique was done in one step—the machine appliqué stitching goes all the way to the back of the quilt, making any quilting unnecessary.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

"Birthday Quilt Goddess", 47"x47", 2003, $5,000


“It’s My Birthday!” Transformation is happening all of the time, so we are continually having one birthday after another. Each one of us is going through life cycle after life cycle, growing, evolving and unfolding. I can see myself as a small part of a wonderful big transformation for healing that is taking place on this earth and that “The Quilt Goddess” is powerfully causing much of it to happen through the quilt artists of the world!

My “Birthday Quilt Goddess” is wearing a big birthday cake with candles on her head, like a crown. She has a serene smile on her face, because she is at peace and she knows peace for each and every one of us on this planet. She has “Nine Patch Pockets” on her bodice, which symbolize the many quilts that are being made for giving to, comforting, and nurturing children who might not otherwise know love. The pockets are for containing prayers for world peace, written on slips of paper. Machine appliqué fabric, thread, buttons, polymer clay, acrylic paint, hand-made rubber stamped.