This month features the quilting of Linda Causee, Marketing Manager at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California. With almost 30 years’ experience, she has created countless quilts and over 50 published quilting books. For Linda, quilting is a way to reflect part of someone’s story through fabric and patterns. See below for photos of beloved quilts and Linda’s reflections on her art.
I find joy in quilting because… it allows me to be creative! It’s fun finding beautiful fabric and creating new designs. If a quilt is for a particular person, I think about them as I sew. This quilt was made for Fr. Peter Kirwin when he moved from the Mission. We knew he likes spicy foods so we made sure to use chili pepper fabric.
Making a quilt for someone… makes me feel good and I look forward to seeing them use it! For special occasion quilts, the fabrics represent the person’s favorite colors, somewhere they’ve been or an important event in their life. This quilt for my son and his wife uses photos and colors from their wedding.
When starting a quilt, I hope… it turns out the way I envision it. You don’t know until you sew the individual fabric blocks together and the quilt design comes alive – sometimes in pleasantly surprising ways. Creating this themed quilt was a joy because I bought the fabric while traveling in Japan and used sashiko stitching, a traditional Japanese sewing technique.