Sandi Cummings, a contemporary quilter from Moraga, California, is best known for the vibrant, carefree use of color and lively movement in her quilt designs. Her work has been juried into many art quilt shows, including Visions, Women of Taste and Quilt National. She has numerous pieces in both personal and corporate collections. Sandi has book out with C&T Publishing entitled Thinking Outside the Block.
In addition to making art quilts, Sandi has taught classes and workshops for several years. She enjoys sharing her techniques, which offer a bridge into the world of contemporary quilt making. In her classes she emphasizes experimentation and encourages students to develop original design concepts-all of this with the idea of working hard but having fun.
My quiltmaking is a continual process of color exploration and design experimentation. It affords me the opportunity to blend the warm and tactile properties of fabric with the richness of color and pattern. Fabric provides a wonderful palette of diverse surprises.
I work with an intuitive approach which is usually inspired by a piece of fabric that triggers an idea. Although I have a basic concept when I begin, there usually comes a time in each quilt when the piece decides and I follow.
It is meaningful to me that quiltmaking is a woman's heritage and that I am a part of that group of artists who have chosen to express themselves with original designs in cloth and thread. For me, quilts represent the quiet strength of women and the caring side of humanity. They represent the persistence of women to bring beauty to the home and family and to our everyday lives. In keeping with that spirit, I want my work to be affirmative, and to reflect vitality and strength.