Category Archives: Quilting

Paula Kovarik


You really have to get up close to fully appreciate the work of art quilter Paula Kovarik.  The Memphis-based artist received her degree in graphic design and is the creative director and owner of a graphic design studio specializing in communications. Textile art materialized when her mother encouraged her to take a quilting class.  She says this about her work:

“Stitching is an extension of my thoughts through my hands. This slow art, textural and multi-layered, reveals a product born of concentration on an idea and hours of application. There is a point in every piece that I recognize as the moment when body, soul, and statement come together in the product. It is when I declare to myself: I stand by this work.” 

You can view more of her designs on her website.

Images:  Courtesy of Paula Kovarik.

Sara Impey

The sewing machine is the writing tool of textile artist Sara Impey who specializes in machine stitched lettering. The UK-based quiltmaker originally trained as a newspaper journalist inspired by words and narratives. We get an insight on the artist in her interview with Molly Makes:

“I began stitching text in 2004. I had wanted to do so for some time, and tried to find a way of incorporating it into my existing working methods which at the time consisted of elaborate repeated patterns using machine appliqué set against bold geometric backgrounds. I didn’t want the text to be an add-on, but an integral part of the design. My first text-based quilts were simply lists of related words or reproduced verses from Victorian samplers. It was when I started stitching my own writing that I felt I had finally found my ‘voice’ as a quilter – more than thirty years after making my first quilt. It was a very long apprenticeship! The text on my quilts is all free-motion machine stitching, letter by letter. I mention this because these days a lot of people assume it is digital embroidery.”

You can follow the artist on her website. Her book, ‘Text in Textile Art’ is available on Amazon.

Images: Courtesy of Sara Impey.