Making quilts is an utter joy for me. Though parts of the process can
be tedious, the product is always worth the effort. I cannot imagine
not making quilts. They are an integral part of my life. The making of
quilts is woven through my days in much the same way as reading, sleeping
or visiting with friends. Having a home studio allows me to work for
5 minutes or for hours on end. I like the freedom to come and go, to
work in spurts or for longer periods as I choose. What a luxury!
I work on one quilt at a time, from start to finish (“finish” means
the slides are taken and in the notebook). This discipline helps me
to focus in on each quilt as a distinct entity. It also cuts down on
clutter, both literally and figuratively. Part of my creative process
involves an ongoing dialogue with my quilts; too many voices trying
to talk at once would be distracting. It usually takes from a few days
a month to complete a quilt.
Being a studio art quiltmaker has given me experiences and opportunities
I would never have had otherwise. I am very grateful for the chance to
share my quilts with others in the hope that they will touch a chord
somewhere in kindred souls.
LIBBY LEHMAN began making quilts 40 years ago when her mother, Catherine
Anthony, signed them up for a basic class. Over the years she has evolved
from a traditional handworker to one of the leaders in innovative machine
stitching. Her studio art quilts have won many awards and appear in
private, corporate, and museum collections, including VISA International,
Processing Corporation and Cogen Technologies.
She is the author of Threadplay with Libby Lehman (That
Patchwork Place, 1997) and her quilts have appeared
in many books and international publications.
Her quilt Joy
chosen as one of the Best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century.
In addition to making quilts, most of her time is spent teaching, judging & lecturing
in the US as well as internationally (Japan, Australia, the UK, Germany,
Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Scotland, France, Dubai, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore).
Libby lives in Houston, Texas, her native city, with her husband,
Lester. They have a 38-year-old son, Les, Jr., who is an acclaimed
and Les have a great time exchanging threads and gadgets.