Two fiber artists and quilters will be serving as Salt Springs State
Park’s Artists in Residence this year.
Artists Jayne Stoll and Barb Merritt will introduce their crafts and the history in a program this Sunday at Salt Springs.
One is described as a creative quilter, while the other prefers trying out new techniques.
Stoll said, “Barb likes to do very creative quilting, including felting and collage quilts.”
“I like to use new tools, techniques and fabrics. They are fun to try. Wall hangings are made of fiber and a fabric, sometimes embroidery is included in my quilts. I like to use a wide variety of fabric and I’ve collected quite a stash. Barb doesn’t use as much scrappy content.”
“Using fabric from my stash is a challenge. Most of my work is scrappy, modern, and not traditional, Stoll added.
Stoll rarely uses a kit, unless she is traveling and the fabrics are specific are specific to the local area. “In Alaska, I found fabrics that were specific to glaciers, which I couldn’t find here.”
Stoll and Merritt also make quilts for special events, family birthdays, weddings, wall hangings fiber and fabric sometimes embroidery is included in the quilts. Fabric art also hangs in their homes.
Jayne is the current program chair of Common Threads Quilters Guild, based in Vestal, N.Y. Both artists are serving as co-chairs of the quilt show, Kaleidoscope of Many Hands, scheduled to be held April 27-28 at Broome West Senior Center of Endicott NY. Raffle Quilt Proceeds will go to Salt Springs Restoration Fund.
At Salt Springs, Stoll and Merritt will be putting on programs throughout the year on
textile arts, fabric dyeing, and collage quilts, which will begin
Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. with a talk on Textile Arts Through the
The program will be held at Salt Springs State Park in Franklin Forks.
Sunday’s program will discuss quilting over the
centuries. View some vintage quilts and antique sewing machines,
including the one currently on display in the Wheaton House. There is no fee.
Stoll has lived near Friendsville for the past eight years, and there
she hooked up with the Common Threads Quilters Guild.
“Quilters always welcome people new to quilting, as well as
experienced quilters, everyone is always welcome to come.”