My name is Gail Weiss and I live in gorgeous Portland, Oregon. I am a quilt maker and pattern designer. I also am a graphic designer, and along with my husband Gregg, have a small T-shirt printing company called Phantom Chicken.

I see quilting as an art form. I love creating quilts that reflect show-poster style art. Color and texture play important roles as I use those elements to create movement, flow, and emotion on my ‘canvas’. There is something special about the tactile nature of fabrics, and while it can be bulky, it has become my favorite medium to work with. My quilt portfolio can be seen here.

Hand sewing and EPP (English Paper Piecing) projects are particularly  soothing projects to me as a quilt maker. I also enjoy using my graphic skills to design quilt patterns and illustrations, and creating a tutorial here and there.

My background is one of extreme religion, homelessness, and abuse. I’ve struggled both with drug and alcohol addiction as well as physical and emotional well-being. I process many intense emotions through my quilting, it has become art-therapy for me. I write a lot about process in this blog. It’s extremely rewarding to create something beautiful with my own two hands instead of being self destructive!

Our store is called: ChickenScratch. It combines a love of fabric and quilting with my graphic design skills – and our screen printing business. I’ve thought about dividing it all up into separate sites… but it’s all just Gregg and I, and it tends to be much easier to keep things all together.

Gail Lizette Weiss - Quilter

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