Quilting From My Heart
Jeannie M. Bush

Quilted Treasures that will touch your heart



ARTIST STATEMENT

Quilting evokes strong emotions within me, and my quilt titles and labels are a bridge from me to the viewer. I strive to create pieces that are not only beautiful, but personally meaningful as well as functional.

When starting a new project, I’ll first be drawn to a “focus” fabric. From there, the search is on for the perfect way to showcase that fabric—it might be a traditional pieced quilt, a whole cloth quilt, maybe a stained glass quilt, pillows, a wall hanging, a bear, a box, or possibly a purse.

I continue to explore ways to turn deep emotions into tangible artworks. Currently I am creating Victorian Gate Closure (extremely unique hardware) purses. The body of the purse is made from a mother’s and grandmother’s wedding gown, and will be given to the bride as her “something old” for her wedding day.

In addition, I am working on pieces recreating a grandparent’s signature on a baby blanket and a child’s hand print and signature on a wall hanging; taking a mother’s aprons and fashioning them into pillows for each of her children; and transforming a great-great grandmother’s long forgotten crazy quilt squares into piano runners.

By far the most technically challenging are the stained glass quilts. In the future, I would like to learn to custom-dye fabric to create colors I see in my mind’s eye!

The quilt titles usually come quickly to me; the soul searching takes place while composing the label.

Jeannie M. Bush
Quilting From My Heart
creating quilted treasures with personalized story labels that will touch your heart

About Jeannie M. Bush

Jeannie M. Bush was reluctant quilter. When close friends wanted to learn to quilt in 1999, she did not share their enthusiasm, but did not want to be left out of the socializing! Eventually, she was drawn into the world of fabric. Her "stash" started to grow.

Creating traditional quilts, whole cloth quilts, stained glass quilts, purses, and other quilted treasures with personalized labels are Ms. Bush's passion. Her quilts have been exhibited in group shows in galleries and art shows in the Midwest, including the Gallery LaCrosse,  Gundersen Lutheran, YMCA and The Pump House.

Ms. Bush is the recipient of several awards and honors including the People’s Choice Award at the 7Rivers Region EcoPark Fundraiser, December 2008. "My Wisconsin Star," Ms. Bush's first quilt created without a published pattern, received an Honorable Mention Ribbon, QuiltFest on the Mississippi 2008;  3rd Place for "Window into My Soul" at the QuiltFest on the Mississippi 2010; and 1st place for "Harry Loves Cyndy," QuiltFest on the Mississippi, 2013. Three of her test quilt blocks were on the cover of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Summer 2011, Vol. 3 and Summer 2012 Vol. 5.

Ms. Bush was a semi-finalist in the Uptown Culinary Arts Competition on Hennepin Avenue, August 2013.

Jeannie Bush was born in Lidgerwood, North Dakota in 1956. She lives in La Crosse, WI, with husband Bob, who has joined the quilt world with laser fabric cutting!

Quilting From My Heart formally became a business entity Jan 1, 2009.


What can I design and make for you?

Email - contact@quiltingfrommyheart.com