My name is Gail Weiss and I live in gorgeous Portland, Oregon with my husband Gregg. We have a small T-shirt printing company called Phantom Chicken, where I do graphic work and bookkeeping all via the computer. Needing to reconnect to tactile sensory projects, I’ve rekindled my love of sewing and through that I’ve found a new love of quilting.
With my ribbon-winning Jellyfish quilt
Quilting is an art form. Coming from a graphics background, I love creating quilts that reflect show-poster style art. Color and texture play important roles as I try to use those elements to create movement, flow, and emotion on my ‘canvas’. There is something really special about the tactile nature of fabrics, so quilting has become my favorite medium. I process many intense emotions through my quilting, so it has also become a sort of art-therapy for me.
Coming from a background of extreme religion, then homelessness and abuse, I’ve struggled both with drug and alcohol addiction as well as physical and emotional well-being. Luckily, I’ve found quilting to be a better addiction than any other I’ve ever had. Not only that, but it’s so rewarding to actually create something beautiful with my own hands instead of being negative and destructive!
In 2010 I joined the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and through that group I have met many amazing friends and learned more than I could have ever imagined! I started blogging around the same time, and here I am a few years later, still quilting, still blogging, still learning… and still making more friends!
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