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Louisa Smith (view blog) is a quilter with a global perspective on needlework. Born in Indonesia, where the fabulous batiks of the region kindled a lifelong love of fabric, she was educated in the Netherlands, where years of appreciation for the needle arts started. Upon moving to the United States in 1960, she was immediately drawn to quilting and quickly became an accomplished devotee.
Although the quilting started off with a traditional approach, soon new and exciting designs took over and the traditional gave way to more innovative work. The incredible flexibility that fiber offers attracted her to “paint” with fabrics. She has developed two new teaching procedures: “Color, Design and Theme” and “Strips ‘n Curves”. The latter is the subject of her first book. (Published by C&T Publishing, Inc.) Her second book, “A New Twist on Strips ‘n Curves”, features four new techniques and four complete project quilts.
Her work has been exhibited nationwide and in Great Britain. At the Sarah Doyle gallery at Brown University in Providence R.I. as part of “Pieced Impressions”, The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in New York as part of “Quilts=Art=Quilts” and in the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough N.H., Art Quilts at the Denver International Airport, the Denver History Museum and the Lincoln Art Center in Fort Collins, CO just to name a few.
“I have never learned so much in such a short amount of time in my life!”
- Phyllis Barbieri, Traditional Quilter Magazine.
“Both as a teacher and quiltmaker, Louisa is a favorite amongst students and guilds. She gives a great deal in her talks and students come away confident they can master the techniques she presents.”
- Mary Geary, Director, A Quilters’ Gathering.
Visit Louisa's blog at http://louisasmith-stripper.blogspot.com