‘The Quiltery’ exhibit showing at Barry County Museum
Clancy: Quilting is an art form
A local quilter’s work is being displayed at the Barry County Museum, and it shows the different techniques and projects that can be done with quilting.
Vickie Clancy, owner and quilter at Cottage Quilt Studio, said she is a quilt maker, but her business is long-arm quilting.
“That means people pay me to do the quilting part of it,” she said. “I have a studio just outside city limits.”
Clancy said the museum displayed her work about four years ago.
“Right now, they are displaying some of my more recent work,” she said. “Basically, to shows the different things that can be done with quilting.”
Clancy said originally quilts were made to keep families warm, but it is an art form.
“Now, we have quilts that are artistic,” she said. “I make quilts that are artsy and traditional, from miniature to king size.”
Clancy said she enjoys quilting, as well as sharing it with people.
“I like to show people what I do, teach them and just share what I know,” she said. “I love it when people say, ‘I didn’t know that could be quilted.’”
Clancy said quilting is not just her job, but is fun for her.
“I have a very nice husband, who has helped facilitate my two-bedroom studio, which has a classroom and a long-arm room,” she said. “He dubbed it ‘The Quiltery.’”
Clancy said she doesn’t have a schedule just yet for the classes, but everything is set up.
“I want to be available for people when they have the time for a class,” she said. “It can be a one-on-one session, or I can have 10 people.”
Clancy said she is the start of the quilting tradition in her family.
“I was making garments for my child who was two years old, when I got a magazine and saw a log cabin quilt with directions,” she said. “I thought, ‘Well I can do that,’ and I did.”
Clancy said she improvised and even used different methods from what was recommended, but it worked out.
“I felt like I could do it, and I did it,” she said. “I didn’t over think it, and I took my first class when I had been quilting for more than 10 years.”
Clancy said she is happy to have the opportunity to showcase what she does at the Barry County Museum.
“I always have so many projects going on at once,” she said. “When I feel like one project is to a point that I can pick it up at a later date, my mind has already created my next idea.”
Clancy said to her it is like being a painter or an author.
“When inspiration strikes me, I just go with it,” she said. “I do make quite a bit of quilts for people, a lot of baby quilts.”
Clancy has a Facebook “The Quiltery Cottage Quilt Studio,” and an Instagram, “Cottage Quilt Studio.”
For more information about classes or quilts, people may call Vickie Clancy 417-342-1372.