Introducing Claudia Wade
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I asked Claudia to tell us a little about herself and this is what
When did you start quilting?
How long have you been quilting?
I started quilting in 1978 or 1979, about 20 years ago. What got me
was a major how-to article on patchwork on the front page of the women's
section of the Chicago Tribune. It included a pattern with instructions.
much as the quilt biz has grown enormously since then, I can't imagine
an article like that appearing in a regular newspaper now! I went out
and bought all these solid color cotton/poly blends at JC Penney because
there were no quilt shops, and I bought CORDUROY for the backing. It
never was finished and, believe you me, it's just as well!
Do you teach or is this just for yourself -- or anything else
in this vain.
I taught one sampler quilt class 16 years ago and decided that teaching
wasn't what I wanted to do. I have benefitted from taking classes over
the years from some wonderful teachers: Jinny Beyer, Trudie Hughes,
Caryl B Fallert, Ellen Eddy, Ginny Avery. A very pivotal class for me
at the time was Jinny Beyer's Quilt Symposium at the Smithsonian Institution
in April 1982. We saw lots of wonderful old quilts from the Smithsonian
and DAR Museum collections. But the gist of it was a drafting class.
That was where I learned how to categorize blocks by grid pattern and
pretty much draw any pattern I saw.
A rotary cutting class I took with Trudie Hughes about 1986 or so enabled
me to start making quilts with accuracy faster, although I'm still really
slow, because I work full time and I like to work slowly because it's
more relaxing for me that way. I've also started dying some fabric.
I quilt just for myself and family. I really enjoy the process. I'm
inspired by places, often places I've never even been to. I like to
read about cities, states and countries and get a feel for the mood
of a place. I also am inspired by movies. My next major quilt, for example,
was inspired by the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and
What is your Style (it obvious contemporary but do you have
a special name you like to call it)
I guess you'd call my style Contemporary. I used to make mostly
multi-fabric scrap-type quilts from aditional patterns. Thanks to EQ,
I'd design the settings and borders for myself so I wasn't dependent
on patterns or books. As much as I love the graphic impact of the old
two-color quilts, it bores me to use a limited number of fabrics in
a quilt. I like to be making decisions about design or fabric up until
the end of a project.
I work strictly by machine, both for piecing and quilting. In the last
year or so, my style is becoming freer and more non-traditional. I love
the fact that EQ4 lets you add assymetrical borders. That is going to
help me a lot.
Where do you live?
I live in a far northern suburb of Chicago, almost in Wisconsin.
Any other personal details like other hobbies and interests.
I work as a Teacher's Aide in a computer lab in a large public suburban
high school. I help students and teachers with computer tasks that they
might not know how to do, such as graphs in MS Excel, file conversions,
or whatever. Our school was one of the first in the area to offer Internet
access to students, so I've learned a fair amount about how to do Internet
Anything you want to say about your family.
I've been married to Bob Wade for almost 29 years, since just a few
months after I graduated from college. The rest of our family consists
of our daughter Jessica who is 25 and a newly married to our son-in-law
Thomas Morris. They live in Columbus, OH, and they're both graduates
of Miami University, Oxford, OH. Our younger daughter, Bridget, is 22
and a student at the University of Illinois/Chicago. They are all really
supportive of my quilting. They give me quilt fabric for Christmas and
birthdays, etc. I love it when people choose quilt fabric to give me....I
feel it really enriches my stash to have someone else do some of the
Anything else you want to say?
Just that I feel that computer quilting is going to be even bigger
and better in the future than it is now, as people get more experienced
with their computers and the programs get better and better!
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