Terry is teaching 3010, 4009, 5010, 6013, 7017
Matt: How long have you been quilting? What made you begin quilting?
Terry: I’ve been quilting since 1995. I played tennis then, and one day my partner told me that she was not going to be playing with us for 6 weeks. When I asked why, she said she was going to take quilt lessons. I said, “What’s a quilt!” I really did say that! Then I walked into the quilt shop she told me about, fell instantly in love with all the cloth, and signed up for a class with the wonderful Blanche Young. I made my first quilt in the next 6 days while teaching high school English in the daytime! It was a queen-sized quilt, and I was hooked! I even liked ironing the fabric!
M: Do you have a quilting studio? How big and is there anything unique that you keep in your studio?
T: Yes, if you consider a guest room to be a studio! It has a full bathroom, though, and a perfect place to iron, AND my sewing machine is right by an upstairs window so I can see the trees and the hills, listen to the neighbor kids play in the cul de sac, and watch a Cary Grant movie as I create! The only thing I wish I had is a maid to help me keep it neat and straightened!
M: What do you consider your quilting “specialty” or what makes you unique in the quilting world?
T: Well, I have a degree in art education, and I taught high school art classes for many years before changing to English so I really love teaching composition and design. I love two things: working completely by hand WITHOUT patterns from beginning to end, AND I love to do landscapes with my own cutting technique that I wrote about called “Rough Cut.” It makes a landscape or a seascape look REAL!
M: What is your favorite color schemes to work with?
T: I don’t have “color schemes,” actually. I use the colors that each piece calls for. BUT I have a secret about color that all artists know – you MUST know each color’s complement! You probably know that without darkness, we wouldn’t know what light is. Well, for instance, if you don’t add purple in some form to a predominately yellow composition, then the yellow isn’t as yellow! Remember that your elementary teacher probably taught you the color wheel a long time ago. What is most important about that color wheel is to know what each color’s opposite is. They attract!
M: What books or articles have you written?
T: I’ve written an article for the AQS magazine “American Quilter” called “Rough Cut.”
I’ve also written two chapters in Jamie Fingal’s book Embellished Mini-Quilts: Creative Little Works of Art. BUT, my next endeavor is to write my own book!
M: What do you do while you quilt? Do you listen to music?
T: When I am working on a piece, I am usually listening to an old movie on TV, or I’m listening to jazz, or sometimes just listening to nature right outside my window. But when there is a Cary Grant movie on… I’m inspired and do my very BEST work!
M: What is your quilting inspiration?
T: My inspiration is certainly nature. It’s important to me to look as closely as I can at EVERYTHING! Nearly every morning when I go outside, I see Mount Baldy, and it’s almost like seeing an old friend. Then there are egrets that often fly over my car when I drive near home. But the person who inspired me most is the work of the great Japanese artist Ayako Miyawaki. I bought her book from Kogi Wada at my first quilt show. It’s written in Japanese so I can’t read a word of it, but I still look to her book to inspire me.
M: What is the funniest moment you have had happen while you were teaching?
T: Well, I don’t want to say it in writing… BUT, I might just tell it in my classes! Stay tuned…
M: What was the best class you have ever taken?
Hands down, that would be the two classes I took with Joan Colvin. Both classes were 4-day classes, and I will never forget them. Joan, just by her wonderful peacefulness, created a magic that filled the room as she spoke. It was almost like being in a trance! After she finished, everyone in the class would sort of float over to their design wall, and amazingly beautiful work would just seem to create itself for each student in the room. I miss Joan Colvin, and I’m sure that everyone who was lucky enough to learn from her feels the same way.