Meri was born in New York into a family of many generations of prolific artists, and art was important to her, her entire life. In 1967, she earned a BA in Fine Art from UC Berkeley and then went on to work as a graphic artist in San Francisco. She began sewing clothing in college, but wasn’t interested in quilting until 1998 when she discovered that the quilting world had branched out in exciting new directions, especially art quilts – at which point her “painting genes” kicked into overdrive and she’s never looked back.
In 2008, a trip to Guatemala on Priscialla Bianchi’s textile tour was the inspiration for many of her award-winning quilts. Meri has won many awards with her quilts, including a couple of “Best Quilt in the World” awards. She has taught in Beziers, France, at many California quilt guilds, and continues to teach at the Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar.
Meri’s philosophy is, “I think it’s really important to be inspired by the work and ideas of others. Collect all that luscious
fabric! Read all those fabulous quilting books! Take lots of classes! Look around you! And then incorporate it all into your repertoire of techniques and create something that represents your own unique vision of the world!”
At our October 9 meeting, Meri will present a trunk show of her award-winning pictorial quilts. Learn more about Meri on her website, meriartquilts.com
Some of Meri’s quilts:
October 10 Workshop: Pictorial Quilts
Bring a photo, sketch or design idea to work with. We’ll make something small enough that you can finish it in class. No sewing machines needed!