About the Artist
Sue DeSantis has been a quilter and a dabbler in the arts for most of her life. Her first quilt was made for a friend who was expecting her first child. In addition, Sue has been a decorative painter and taught stenciling for several years in the Adult Education program of the North Tonawanda, New York, School System. Her stenciling was included in a Decorator Show House and in a Builder Show House in the Buffalo, NY area.
Mrs. DeSantis has shown her quilts and won ribbons at the Miami Valley Quilters Guild Shows in Dayton, Ohio, and the Towne Squares Harvest of Quilts Show in Greenville, Ohio. She is currently the President of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network and enjoys the challenges that art quilting gives her. Several of her art quilts were entered in the Troy-Hayner Center’s 2007 show entitled, “Think Big Work Small”. Mrs. DeSantis lives in West Milton, Ohio, with her husband, a college English teacher. She has two married daughters and seven grandchildren.
You can piece, appliqué, paper piece, paint, stencil, bead, stitch, embroider, pleat, twist, manipulate fabric, use the computer to print and alter fabric and pictures. Anything you can imagine . . .
Someone once asked me, “Of all the arts and crafts you’ve done over the years, why is quilting the one you’ve continued with?” My answer was that anything you can imagine or desire to do can be done on a quilt. You can work by machine or by hand. You can piece, appliqué, paper piece, paint, stencil, bead, stitch, embroider, pleat, twist, manipulate fabric, use the computer to print and alter fabric and pictures. Anything you can imagine can become a quilt.
You can put much of yourself into your quilts – your favorite colors, shapes, trinkets, dreams, thoughts, words. You can take a single idea and express it 12 different ways. You can take 12 different ideas and express them all in a similar way. The variety of things you can do to create a quilt is endless. That is what I like.
I am a quilter because it stretches me creatively, it challenges me to be accurate, it stimulates my mind, it helps me think outside the box, it encourages me to learn something new, and it keeps me in touch with creative people. I always have something creative to do, and it pushes old age a little further down the road!!!