Maddie Kertay of Bad Ass Quilter’s Society is a truly inspiring presence in the world of quilting blogs. She takes a “warts and all” approach to her quilts; she highlights both the good and bad things that happened. Talk about encouraging! Maddie manages SPOOL fabric shop online and in Chattanooga, TN. Read on to see her beautiful thread painted quilt:
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is named Roy G. Biv and it is a thread painted and whole cloth, using Bella white cotton, Glide thread and Inktense pencil work. It is an original composition.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
I have shown it at numerous quilt shows in the US and it even went to France to be in an exhibit there last summer. I admire the work of many who are regulars on the quilt show circuit but I have decided to focus my attentions in a new way: to think and experience quilts without the competitive aspect, which does not resonate with who I am as a quilt artist.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
The quilt is a love letter to my amazing husband. It is packed with symbolism, some overt and some covert, each weaving parts of our story together.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I like that it celebrates our marriage and how wild I am about my guy as well as our six children. There is a dove in the lower left corner to symbolize our son Gabriel who died 14 years ago this summer. There are hearts for all our other children, there are secret messages that would make the world blush and details so obscure that it needs to be studied for a long time until they are found.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I only make my own quilts, meaning that I don’t follow patterns. I am awful at it; my 1/4 inche seam is somewhat laughable and yet I am still a quilter. If you quilt you are a quilter, and this solidified my idea that we need to really strive more each day to make the art of quilting more inclusive and less of a mean-girl sport that I see happening in some areas of the art. That is really the premise of my organization Bad Ass Quilters Society. We have over 6000 quilters who support the idea of not being a jerk about quilting. It is just that simple.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
If I could step back in time there is one color of Inktense pencil I would have tested better. It was not the color I thought it would be. One of the gifts of having real tragedy in your life is that you learn to be much more flexible and know that nothing is perfect or permanent, so it’s best just to roll with it.
Where is the quilt now?
The quilt hangs in my store SPOOL in Chattanooga, TN. I love sharing it with people and inspiriting them to be the quilter that they have always wanted to be no matter what sort of quilter that is!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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