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Patti Zwick

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Patti Z - Quilt Maker

“Quilt making provides mirrors  in my life and it serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of everything that I do.  Each stitch represents  the thoughts that preceded it and plants seeds for those yet unborn.  The quilt becomes a sounding board  and  a practice field. 

As with life, I am piecing together the whole from parts, searching for what fits, looking for what resonates and vibrates, while discarding the pieces that no longer work. I work with devotion to the process and faith in the outcome.  As I search for a balance between light and dark, lessons are learned as much by the faltering as by the triumphs.

Quilt making calls for patience, risk-taking, repetition, creativity, endurance, faith and finding a way to make the smaller things fit into the bigger whole.  Quilt making is a window to the soul and it  becomes the doorway to a greater, larger world. “

Patti Zwick, Iowa City artist, made her first quilt in 1984.  Measuring  91″ x 91″, with over 4,000 pieces, it was the spark for the next decades of passionate quilt making.

Patti’s work has been called “Amish with a twist”.  One viewer commented “I can almost hear the heartbeats of her quiltz.” Lively colors and textures within traditional designs are the trademarks of these fabric creations.

“To create one’s own world takes courage.” - Georgia O'Keeffe

These quilted treasures of all sizes have found their way into the hearts and homes of people in 43 states and 26 countries.

Patti also has a line of colorful, handmade greeting cardz. They are available at  New Pioneer Co-ops (Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids),  and  Prairie Lights bookstore,

Patti makes wordz on wood also – a collection of collages paired with quotes.

Honor what is so and hold it with great kindness.

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