It’s not often we get a glimpse into the studio of an award-winning contemporary quilter, but I had just that opportunity in early June. In January of this year I saw Marcia DeCamp at a Downtown Abbey tea and she invited me to her studio. I readily accepted but we couldn’t get it scheduled until early June.
A few things I should first tell you. Marcia is a former college professor. She taught several years at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, teaching business classes. I attended there in 1976-1977 and she was one of my teachers. So I have known of Marcia for many (many!) years, though we never crossed paths, that I can think of. Marcia lives in Palmyra, NY, my hometown. So, it wasn’t hard to connect and I’m so glad we did.
On a beautiful, sunny day in early June I pulled into the DeCamp’s rural property and drove my car down a long drive and swung around at the barn. I was told to drive across the grass to the studio’s sliding doors but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. J
Marcia came out and met me and from there we entered a light-filled timber-framed studio. It was impressive and cozy.
I started out asking Marcia lots of questions and we eventually found ourselves all about the studio as Marcia showed me things and we talked about a wide range of topics. But for this post I want to share with you her stash and a bit more about her studio.
“What’s a stash?”
Marcia was mostly taught to quilt by taking classes at local quilt shops. She says, “I was such a newbie. We had our first meeting and she [teacher] said you can use fabric from your stash and I said, ‘What’s a stash?’”
Well, Marcia has come a long way since then. Let’s take a peek into Marcia’s “stash.” These pictures are just a portion of Marcia’s stash. I want to save some pictures for the next post to show more, including some fabrics that Marcia has personally dyed and designed. (Post #3)
Now for a little tour in the studio. I hope you enjoy these pictures. The picture below is from Marcia’s studio that is in part of her original home. Marcia’s studio was an addition added on to her home.
Some more looks around the studio…
Here are a couple other little tidbits that you may find interesting about Marcia’s studio:
- Marcia’s studio was designed, “specifically to have large design walls so I could work improvisationally. I knew I wanted to have this much room for friends. To have big walls was a number one priority.”
- Marcia has two regular sewing machines; a Viking and a Janome, model 6500, “which I love.” She does not give her machine names.
More upcoming posts about Marcia DeCamp and her Studio will be forthcoming!
Post #2 of 3 – Learn about a few tips that Marcia uses that you can try in your own sewing space.
Post #3 of 3 – Marcia DeCamp Dyeing and Surface Design
Marcia DeCamp’s website can be found here: http://www.marciadecamp.com
Marcia’s blog can be found in Sew, O’Susannah’s blog links on the left or you can go there directly from here: http://www.decampstudio.com/. The blog also lists Marcia’s exhibitions.
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Thanks for reading! …Betsy