I’ve lived near saltwater my entire life, and my seashore and landscape quilts celebrate the wonders of Gabriola Island, the Salish Sea, and coastal British Columbia.
Each of my quilts is original and unique, whether it is a simple medallion, an art quilt exploration, a complicated star or spiral, or a landscape or pictorial quilt. Each is sewn spontaneously, without following a pattern or copying someone else's design. I am a self-taught quilter so I have puzzled out my own ways of doing things. I made my first quilt many years ago, shortly after moving from Seattle, Washington to Nanaimo, B.C.
At present, my focus is split between quilt commissions and art quilts. With commissions, I strive to interpret what my client wants expressed in the quilt. In my art quilts, my own visions and emotions guide me in the making of quilts that are often quite personal.
I also make activist quilts in opposition to pipelines and increased oil tanker traffic in BC coastal waters, because an oil spill would obliterate the vibrant sea life that inspires my art.
I’m the author of “The Careless Quilter: Decide-As-You-Sew, Design-As-You-Go Quiltmaking” and have contributed a chapter to a group memoir called “Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love, and Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast”.
More at: www.kristinmillerquilts.com