. . . to Patricia H. Rushford's Quilt Page, (AKA) Nana's Quilt Shop,
where quilts are created with love.
Most of my quilts are special one-of-a kind home-made, pieced and quilted by me, AKA Patricia Rushford (Nana) and stitched with love. I use quality materials and strive for quality workmanship. My friends and family tell me that my quilts are wonderful and I smile.
Every quilt has a story and here you will find the quilt's photo, title, the brief but spectacular story, and the size. Most quilts are created in the same way I create my books. Sort of a "by-the-seat-of-my-pants" method. When I start, I don't know where I'm going but by the time I finish the mystery is solved and I am happy to have created yet another quilt.
I also make quilts using patterns. Some easy, some complicated. I will sometimes do quilts for customers who have a specific theme. These are especially fun for children. And grandchildren and great grandchildren have been delighted with my efforts.
Some of the quilts I'm featuring here are not for sale. Most likely because they are a priceless piece of love holding a child who adores it. Or, I have not come to a place where I can part with it. The prices on the quilts vary according to the degree of difficulty and uniqueness.
My first quilt was a Holly Hobby quilt that I sewed for my daughter in the 1970s. So sweet and loved. Lost over time but not forgotten.
I've grown a lot since then as both a quilter and as an artist.
“Dancing in Africa”
Stars and Flowers
Bird and Fruits
My Art Quilts
All Art quilts are designed with a sleeve on the back so they can be hung. (NSF indicated Not For Sale)
The Lone Rose
This was one of my first art quilts. I created it before I knew what art quilts were. I wanted something that resembled a stained glass window I have.
"Where the Crawdads Sing"
An abandoned child, a boat, a murder and the will to survive create a captivating story of life in the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. How could I not make a quilt. While going through my stash I can upon a beautiful hand dyed piece and knew it would be the background for my quilt. The figure and boat as well as the land and tree are appliqued on to the fabric and the painted moon adds to the mystery of it all.
Designed and quilted by Patricia Rushford
“I Feel Better When I Paint…”
My inspiration for this quilt came from four sources. One, a photo of my granddaughter, Adalia (4). Who loves to paint. Two, a documentary about art benefitting patients with Alzeimer’s and dementia, entitled, “I Remember Better When I Paint.” Three, a quote from Syrian Painter, Elias Zayat, octogenarian, who said, “I feel better when I paint. If I didn’t … I think that would be madness. And I’m not done yet.” And four, the lyrics in a song by Sister Hazel, “I feel better when I paint my days with purple seas...”
The art quilt, with applique and fabric painting was designed. pieced and quilted by Patricia Rushford, January, 2017. NFS
My Peruvian Rooster
While watching an artist paint what he called a Peruvian Rooster on television, I fell in love with him and decided I needed to recreate him in cloth. Using a variety of colorful fabirics and feathers I appliqued and quilted him. I painted him in acryics as well. What fun. He's a one of a kind wall hanging.
“Sookie’s Blue Jays”
I designed and created this landscape quilt after reading Fannie Flagg’s book, All Girls Filling Station Reunion as a member of Thread Tales, a group of readers and quilters.
Designed, Pieced and Quilted by…
Patricia H. Rushford
The Artists Muse
There apparently is no muse for the artist, but I have my personal muse. I, being an artist, am inspired by my great granddaughter, Maddie. Using one of my favorite photos of her, I took on the challenge of creating an art quilt. I used acrylics and watercolor pencils to paint the face, and applique for her hair clothing and tree.
Using a Toni Whitney pattern called Spring Storm, I created this gorgeous wall hanging for my granddaughter, Andrea. It hangs on the wall in her room. My first animal art quilt. So lovely I think I might do it again.
Born to be Wild
The inspiration for this quilt came from the Quilt Show theme, “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Her leather jacket, purple highlights and rhinestone studs along with her large mug, shout, wild woman. Her expression makes one wonder if, indeed, she was born into wildness. Time will tell. She won a ribbon so maybe there is a little wildness after all.
Fabric painting techniques and applique.
Designed and quilted by Patricia H. Rushford
After reading West with the Night by Beryland Markham and Strait on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S. Lovell, a famous aviator from Africa. I was amazed by so many aspects of her life, but was particularly moved by her encounter with a supposedly tame lion as a young uninhibited child. As she was playing, the lion attacked and mauled her nearly to death. I was particularly impressed with her reaction to the attack. She healed and continued to be a force to be reckoned with. The lion was put down, sadly. He was, after all, a lion doing what lions were meant to do.
A lovely wall hanging panel bordered and quilted. Elegant in its simplicity.
Mom & Me
From a small photo of my mother and me taken in 1944, I created this portrait quilt.
In memory of my mom,
(January 1923 - June 2011)
Designed and quilted by
Patricia Rushford, January 2019
My Highland Cow
I fell in love with a photo of the rather notorious and windblown, Scottish Highland Cow. Using artistic license, I drew my cow, created lots of hair and soulful big brown eyes. Then transferred him to fabric.
While I plan to keep this little guy, I might be persuaded to create a special one for an admirer.
Designed and quilted by Patricia Rushford
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My Artist's Statement
I don't ever remember not being an artist. What I do remember is a father, who despite his poor health, used to cut out pieces of pressed board for me to paint on. He encouraged me to enter art contests and even bought me art books meant to teach me the craft. I also remember never having money for art lessons. As an adolescent, I used to save my babysitting and berry picking money to buy art supplies. Usually canvases and oil paints.
Art helps us cope when times are tough. It brings satisfaction. I’ve been a potter, a painter, a ceramicist, a quiltmaker and a writer. I love traditional quiltmaking, but after joining "Thread Tales," a group of quilters who read a book and then create a quilt from something they read or something that touched them in the reading, I’ve become enamored with art quilting and joined the Experimentalists. Recently, I’ve been blending painting and fabric in my portrait quilts. In addition, my latest mystery, The Quiltmaker’s Daughter, features an art quilter. I guess you could say I’m hooked.
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