Coming from a fine art background as a painter, video and collage artist, I was used to making my work in total isolation, at my desk, standing in my studio, or locked into a pair of headphones while editing video on the computer. While I took my watercolors on hikes a time or two, and painted the view before me, my abstract paintings are very focused meditations that require concentration and calm. Computer editing required electricity after many hours. Making collages meant making tight cuts and precise gluing.
Quilting by hand meant I could quilt in the car, along the coast, while on vacation, beneath the sun, in my garden, on the side of a mountain, among the rocks, among the scrub, and any and every place I wish. It gives me a tremendous freedom I've never felt before.