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~ Artist's Statement - Jean Wells Keenan ~


I have been quilting for the last thirty-nine years, writing books, and operating The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon. During that time I have experimented with many different piecing and quilting techniques and worked in series that became books and lectures sharing my ideas with thousands of people. The latest “series” to become a book the summer of 2012 is Journey to Inspired Art quilting. My quilts have been juried into many of the International Quilt Festivals in Houston, the Pacific West Quilt Fest, Mancuso shows in San Francisco, and reside in private collections.

I mostly cut free-hand, creating organic style line work. Recurring themes in my quilts have to do with natural configurations --rocks, trees, grasses, flowers, and the landscape. They are the common thread running through my mind as I work intuitively designing quilts letting the design take on a shape of it’s own. Nature and the world around me is my main source of inspiration. I am fascinated with line, pattern, color, and texture and how to design with these elements. In this ongoing process exploration is my theme.

You can see my commissioned quilts at the Five Pine Conference Center, Sisters City Hall, and Shibui Spa here in Sisters, Oregon; and Gateway Canyons in Colorado.

In July 2010, I became the 40th inductee into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana.

My favorite quote is "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


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