Guest Artist~ Quilt Designer Maria Denise Davis

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I would like to welcome my friend and talented quilter, Maria Denise Davis, back as a guest artist/blogger here on ChinDeep!

Quilt Designer Maria Denise Davis

Maria’s studio

I remember a pivotal moment in my childhood, when I was about six years old. I was sitting on the back steps of my friends house and we were painting. We started out using color-by-number sheets, but eventually bored of them and decided to color and paint our own creations. I drew a blank.

At that very moment, I had the world as my oyster; no lines to follow, no instructions on what color should go where or how the final picture would look. Just a clean, blank slate for me to fill with whatever my imagination could offer. I was distraught at my inability to come up with something to put on that paper. I was worried that my creativity had already dried up and that I had nothing unique left to create from within.

Fortunately, I was wrong. In fact, the opposite is mostly the case these days. I have trouble falling asleep, but not from worry about losing my paycheck from corporate monotony, rather it’s the excitement of tomorrow’s possibilities that keeps me awake.

My real confirmation that my career choice was correct lies simply in the fact that I LOVE my job, and I can barely wait to get back to it anytime I have to stop. I have many options as to what specific activity will fill my day, but I enjoy nearly every minute of it, whether I choose to create a quilt top I’ve been pining to make, or making new patterns on a charity quilt with my thread and my imagination.

My current excitement is based around three aspects: increasing my quilting skills by introducing modern and Asian drawing techniques to create new and interesting patterns, teaching and inspiring others to love quilt making and quilting, and educating myself to become a certified quilt appraiser.

I have taken on the latter task with a vengeance. I have acquired nearly half the books (there’s about 110 total) required, and read through a few already. I am eligible to test for certification in early 2012. Look for me on Antiques Roadshow after that! In the meantime, if you find yourself drawing a blank, don’t worry, just make a tree or a sunset, because, inevitably, it will be beautiful. ~Maria Denise Davis

Thanks Maria!


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  10 comments for “Guest Artist~ Quilt Designer Maria Denise Davis

  1. January 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    you are so awesome 🙂

  2. admin
    January 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    YOU’RE so awesome. (Quick ‘love backs’) ! 🙂 xoxoxo

  3. Kimber Dunn
    January 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    You’re BOTH so awesome!! 😉 I really admire both of you for your unique and limitless talents!! You’re very inspiring to the rest of us! Thanks for sharing again!

  4. admin
    January 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    YOU’RE so awesome too Kimber! You inspire me. Thanks for being such an encourager. X and O!

  5. Sandy
    January 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing….I maybe a quilt maker, but aprons are my specialty. Have increased the size of the studio, but no long-arm machine is in the future as I have friends who do this for me in favor of my doing antique appraisals that I have been doing for 40 plus years. I do know I will never see anyone from Antique Roadshow come a knocking on my door, but I could see some antique picker come a call’in….

  6. January 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Kimber that is so sweet :). I appreciate Melissa finding ways to share so many wonderful things with all of us, and feel grateful she includes me! I love what I do so being creative and inspired with it is easy to me!! I hope everyone else finds the peace and joy I have. 🙂

  7. admin
    January 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I feel so fortunate to know so many amazing, beautiful and talented women that generously share their art with me. What a great place to be. I am so inspired and so blessed to know all of you.


  8. January 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I get the same feelings – not being able to sleep, not being able to wait to get back to work. Some day I hope to spend even more time on my sewing, but for now I make do with late nights and vacation days! I get so much inspiration from others who have found a way to make it their career.

    Your studio looks wonderful – I am currently creating my studio in our new home and I always appreciate getting a peek at what others have done.

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. January 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    thank you skrapyram! i had a studio in a storefront but when i went to sturgis in august, i had the opportunity to meet JoAnn Hoffman, who is a well known embroiderer and quilter. She had a home studio and it was beautiful, with a variety of artwork and plants around her room. Outside her windows were bird feeders, vines, flowers and a garden. That told me I was missing the most basic inspiration I needed – the comfort of my own home and surroundings. I have my music, comforts, comfy clothes, etc to create the best situation for me to be my most creative. best of luck to you!!!

  10. admin
    January 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm is another awesome, inspiring blog 🙂

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