LOVING HER ART

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL -

When Mont­gomery Town­ship res­i­dent and quilt artist Chris­tine Webb was con­tem­plat­ing mov­ing into her cur­rent res­i­dence in 2012 from Spring­field, there was one part of the house that sold her.

“I saw the ban­nis­ter and thought it could be used to dis­play my quilts,” said Webb.

The house not only al­lows for Webb’s “dozens upon dozens” of quilts to be hung from the sec­ond floor, the walls are also white and filled with col­or­ful quilt squares from some of Webb’s most per­sonal quilts.

By sewing and em­broi­der­ing many quilts that have been in­cluded in books and ex­hibits, Webb is able to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal art scene she is pas­sion­ate about as well as con­tinue her fam­ily’s tra­di­tion of sewing.

Webb found the idea for her first quilt when she was on the way to her fresh­man year at Lin­coln Univer­sity.

“I was just look­ing for cre­ative ideas for dec­o­rat­ing my dorm,” said Webb. “My first quilt was a very easy quilt to make be­cause it was putting two sheets to­gether and a heavy bat­ting with handtied knots, and I kept it for years.”

From there, Webb made var­i­ous pillows for soror­i­ties and fra­ter­ni­ties on her cam­pus with the sewing ma­chine she was given when she was a teenager. Upon hav­ing her first child, Webb started to quilt again, and from that time on, she be­came ob­sessed with the art.

Webb is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in eth­nic fab­rics, which is one of the rea­sons why she prefers to shop from smaller fab­ric stores rather than chain stores.

“I am re­ally at­tracted to the eth­nic [pat­terned] fab­rics, and I have Asian and African fab­rics from trunk shows and [smaller] stores,” said Webb. “Steve’s Sewing and Vac­uum in King of Prus­sia is [my fa­vorite fab­ric store].” said Webb.

Ac­cord­ing to Webb, her fa­vorite quilts to make in her sec­ond-floor home stu­dio are scrap and denim quilts, how­ever, she has been rec­og­nized for her work with tra­di­tional quilt­ing pat­terns that in­cor­po­rate her own twist.

Webb’s quilt, “Break­ing Dishes” was cho­sen to be fea­tured in the book “500 Tra­di­tional Quilts” which is now be avail­able for pur­chase at Wal­mart, Ama­zon.com, and Barnes and Noble stores.

That par­tic­u­lar quilt will also on dis­play in the “Selections from 500 Tra­di­tional Quilts” ex­hibit this fall as well as other In­ter­na­tional Quilt Fes­ti­val and Mar­ket­ing spon­sored-shows in Texas, Ore­gon, and more.

Webb is also start­ing to work on her own book, which will fea­ture per­sonal sto­ries and in­spi­ra­tions for some of her quilts.

“There are thou­sands of books on the mar­ket about ‘how to,’ but I just want to in­spire peo­ple to make their own quilts and tell the sto­ries be­hind [my quilts].”

Ac­cord­ing to Webb, her mother and fa­ther worked with fab­rics, and there­fore, she feels a con­nec­tion to her fam­ily through her pas­sion for quilt­ing.

“I watched my mother [sew] for years, but my fa­ther also sewed,” said Webb. “He had a side business and we would watch him as he stitched to­gether so­fas, cush­ions, and pillows.”

Webb is also a fan of lo­cal artists and art­work, and she is glad to be able to con­trib­ute her art form to the com­mu­nity.

“I love art,” said Webb. “I also love sup­port­ing lo­cal artists.”

Webb has also been fea­tured in other ex­hibits in­clud­ing “Quilts From the Homestead” in Val­ley Forge, and “Artist Showcase: at Mor­gan Log House in Towa­mencin.

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