LOVING HER ART
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.