My life was going along as usual, working at my job as a sign maker and sewing my quilts and my garments in my spare time. Then on March 1st, 2004 at 9 AM, as a pedestrian, I was hit by a car. By some magic and in spite of being hit by a SUV, I had no broken bones. At 3 that afternoon I walked out of the hospital. I, however, did not escape injury completely and had enough soft tissue damage to keep me in physical therapy for the next year. It made it almost impossible to continue my present job as a sign maker. I had lost my strength and flexibility on my right side.
I had to rethink my life. “I can’t retire, so what can I do to make a living?”
After much thinking, I thought of doing what I have loved for years, sewing and quilting on a full time basis. Only this time I would use the internet to market and sell fabric, quilts and related items. Check my gallery page for samples of my work.
To share these lovely fabrics with you is a thrill. It is my purpose to work hard to bring you fabrics from around the world at the most reasonable prices possible.
As a quilter myself I understand your joys and your problems. In recent years I have watched prices rise and fully understand that this can be a hardship. In spite of the upward spiral of costs, we want to continue to make quilts and other gifts for our friends and family. I will make every effort to offer the best fabrics at the best prices. Always check my web specials.
Please e-mail your comments, your wishes and your desires.
Mile Square Fabric Studio is a woman-owned business.
When I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, being 10 years old meant that you joined the 4-H Club. The club that was in my neighborhood, the one within walking distance of my house, was a sewing club. That was where I learned to sew. That training was augmented by a mandatory Home Economics class from 7th to 9th grades.
Education was different in 1954. Those early years and that early introduction to fabric and sewing formed a passion in me for fabric that remains today.
For years I made clothing, tote bags and home deco items mostly for myself. When others saw them, they wanted them too. So a small business evolved; making one-of-a-kind items and selling them in local boutiques.
Quilt making, however, is a relatively new adventure. I began quilting in 1999 and am self-taught. Using the many how-to books, I learned the basics of quilt construction.
Because I don’t enjoy working in symmetry and matching corners, my designs are mostly improvisational, using color rather than motif. I rarely measure or work with templates.
I enjoy the tactile qualities and the unlimited color ranges of working with fabric. Quilting awakens my intuitive sense of color, texture and light and best expresses my artistic vision.
My love of fabric has evolved into an art form that I hope can be enjoyed by others. My work is meant to be enjoyed by all who see it.
Peggy was first introduced to sewing as a child in the 4-H club in her native town of Greensburg, Pennsylvania and developed her skill through the then mandatory sewing classes in school. This early training proved invaluable… even today she sews her own clothing.
For many years she has made one-of-the-kind jackets, tote bags and home furnishings. In 1999 she started quilting. Primarily self-taught, Peggy prefers to design with ethnic and hand painted fabrics, giving her work a distinctive graphic feel.
A Hoboken resident since 1978, Peggy recently completed a unique quilt utilizing photo transfers as her contribution to Hoboken’s 150th birthday celebration.
She most recently completed several wall hangings as a tribute to the Gee’s Bend quilters, a celebrated group of southern Alabama women who still quilt in traditional styles and patterns.
Most Recent Shows and Exhibits:
Quilters of Colors Quilt Guild, quilt show, Harlem WorkSpace, Harlem, NY
North Castle Historical Society's, Smith,s Tavern, Armonk, NY."Stitches In Time"
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ. Juried Arts Annual 2008-2009
New Jersey State Senior Art Show, Flemington, NJ., Aug 2008
Viridian Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, Hob'art group Show July 2008
Brennan Court House, Rotunda Gallery, Jersey City, NJ., June 2008, curator & exhibitor.
Hudson County Senior Art Show, May 2008, first place winner
Baird Center, South Orange, N.J. December 2007
Jersey City Studio Tour, Hob’art group show, October 2007
Hoboken Historical Museum, solo show May-July 2007
Jewish Community Center, Washington twp., N.J. Group show with Hob’art 2007
Brennan Court House, Rotunda Gallery, January 2007, curator & exhibitor
New Jersey Quilt Convention, Edison, N.J. 2006
Winner of the Governor’s award
Monroe Center for the Arts, Hob’art group show, 2006
Independence Bank, Hoboken, N.J. Solo show 2006
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, Va., Juried quilt show, 2006
Hoboken Library, Special solo exhibit of Hoboken City Quilt, 2005
Monroe Center – Group Art Show to celebrate Hoboken’s 150th birthday, 2005
International Quilt Association, Houston. Juried quilt show, 2002
Hoboken Studio Tour, Hoboken, N.J. (A city-wide tour of artist’s studios)
Exhibited in years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. 2008, 2009.
Hob’art, a Cooperative Gallery, Hoboken, N.J. Charter member
Jersey City Quilt Guild, Jersey City, N.J.
Quilters of Color Network of NY, New York
Empire Quilt Guild, New York, NY
Some Important Events:
In 2002 I was juried into the Houston show on the first try.
In 2007 I curated the first ever quilt show in The Brennen Court House Art Rotunda, Jersey City, N.J.
In 2008 I will again curate the show in The Brennen Court House Rotunda with a theme of “The Changing Environment”
I have never taken a class in quilting, work mostly in the abstract without templates and sell (my quilts) mostly to men.