ANGELA IRISH MAKER/OWNER
Angela is a transplanted New Yorker and has lived in Laguna Beach for almost 50 years. She is a retired teacher who has worked in both Irvine and Laguna Beach School Districts. She started to quilt around 2004/2005 when Claudia Redfern, a good friend, convinced her to try quilting as a hobby and invited her to a National Quilt Day luncheon. The first quilt she pieced was a “monster” consisting of approximately 500, 3 inch pieced squares called Starry, Starry Night. Amazingly, she is still quilting.
Quilt #1 FROSTY THROUGH THE SEASONS (39in x 49in) (2015 – 2016) My sister collects snowmen and knew I had to make this quilt for her. This was a Block of the Month class which I took at Flying Geese Fabrics in Tustin. (Unfortunately, this shop is no longer there.) It was called Warm Fuzzy Snowmen Quilt by Wellington House Designs. This is my version of the quilt, which I called “Frosty Walking Through the Seasons.” I hand appliqued various wool pieces on a cotton background, and added embroidery stitching for all the finishing touches. I then pieced the top together by the month the snowman represented from January to December. This quilt was pieced and quilted by me. My sister leaves it hanging on her wall all year!
QUILT #2 BALI STAR (60in x 72in) (2013)
This is my version of a quilt I found in a book called Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett. I loved the pattern and went through my batik scraps (and bought new fabric of course – one never has enough fabric.) I pieced and layered the quilt which was then quilted by Kathy Farris. I love the bright batik colors!
QUILT # 3 TESSELATING FLOWERS (60in x 76in) (2009 -2010)
I took a class at a fabric shop called Time to Sew (also no longer around). This quilt pattern is from a design created by Suzanne Stanton. I chose black, white and red polka dot fabric for maximum contrast. I pieced and layered the quilt which was then quilted by Kathy Farris. I love how tessellating translated to fabric!