Coastal Landmark Quiltsby Cheryl Forester
Coastal Landmark Quilts are custom painted wall hangings by Cheryl. Recommended Features
- Each wall hanging is handpainted with Acrylica and quilted to look like pen and ink!
- Homes, boats, landscapes, historic buildings, landmarks, pets, etc. You think of it, I can paint it!
- Great gifts! Capture memories in a unique, one-of-a-kind fashion.
- Cheryl can work off of photographs, so distance is not an issue.
- Quilts are easy to clean.
Review on Coastal Landmark QuiltsAbout Cheryl
I began painting 59 years ago. I was in first grade and took afterschool art classes offered by my elementary school in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout my elementary and junior high years I sculpted with clay, drew with various mediums from pencil to chalk, and painted with water colors and oil paints.
When I was 15 years-old, I purchased my first oil paints and brushes. I took as many art classes in high school as was allowed. In my senior year I worked under the guidance of my art teacher, Mr. Robert Neff, on a portfolio that I would use to get into art school. I had an interview with Mr. Sarkis Sarkisian, Master Painter and Director of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts Art School (currently The Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design) in Detroit, Michigan. I was accepted into the society. I studied architectural design, sculpture, drafting, and oil painting. I attended school until my tuition funding ran out.
I continued to paint canvases and murals, selling pieces in the Detroit area. From 1966 to 1969, I was a partner in, Gallery One, a consignment gallery in downtown Detroit. We offered original oil paintings, water colors, silk screened designs, as-well-as custom furniture.
I have been sewing for 56 years. From 1976-1979, I taught classes in machine embroidery. I have sewn everything from theater costumes and bridal wear to draperies. However, I keep returning to quilting, because it relaxes me to focus on the details of stitch and color.
Twenty-two years ago, I came up with an idea to paint historic buildings on fabric with permanent water based paints, sandwich them with batting as you would a quilt, and free-hand machine quilt them to create wall hangings. The quilts can be gently washed and put in the dryer on low heat until almost dry. I have quilts throughout the United States and Argentina, where I was commissioned by an artist to create a quilt of her beautiful salmon colored home.
The nice part of painting my historical themed quilts is that I will never run out of subject matter to paint. They allow me to combine my two loves painting and quilting.
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