Monday, April 18, 2011

Therese May 's creative heart

Are you in need of a little Monday inspiration, as we are?  Consider the work of Therese May, who makes her art in an exciting way to uplift all who view it. Therese finds inspiration everywhere she looks, but mainly from inside herself. Her work is clearly from the heart.

Birthday Quilt Goddess, 47 x 47, by Therese May

Therese May was trained as a painter, and her quilts begin with drawings that she uses as templates for fabric appliqué shapes. She pins these to muslin and sews them with a satin stitch and hand-quilts the layers, then adds detail with beads, buttons, and other embellishments. In Birthday Quilt Goddess, the beatific 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. She has “Nine Patch Pockets” on her bodice; the pockets are for containing prayers for world peace. For details, see the Birthday Quilt Goddess page.

Bunny Quilt, 37 x 37, by Therese May

In Therese May's quilted portraits gallery you can find this wonderful bunny quilt and other “Quilted Portraits” or “Puzzle Interchange” quilts.   The playful images with interchanging colors bring to mind the works of Andy Warhol. Ah, to be young and innocent again.  Quilted Portraits is also one of Therese May's workshops.

Creative Heart, 96 x 66, by Therese May

Therese May's recent work includes this gorgeous Creative Heart quilt. The images in this quilt are all from her 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. The materials and techniques are fabric, thread, paint, machine appliqué, machine quilting, painted fabric, and paint writing.

Image credits: Images are shown with the generous permission of Therese May. You can find more of her work at Therese May's website. For words of wisdom and affirmation, visit Therese May's blog.


  1. What fun...and origional...I really like her style.


  2. Love her work and the creative heart is gorgeous.


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