I am a fabric artist. Some of my pieces are plein air landscape quilts; these pieces are composed while sitting on location. I was the Artist in Residence in Acadia National Park in July 2015. One of my plein air landscapes is in the Acadia National Park collection. I also displayed 2 of my plein air pieces at the National Botanic Garden in Washington DC, Jan-Dec 2016 as part of their Flora and Fauna of the National Parks Exhibit. I am a teacher, mother of 3, and grandmother of 6. I began my first quilt in 1976, a patriotic pattern. I picked it back up and finished that quilt in 2004 to give to my son returning from the Iraq war. I have been quilting ever since, creating traditional quilts, Quilts of Valor, landscape quilts, and portrait quilts, and custom designed clothing. My quilts can be seen on my website, www.marypatleger.com.
I have been sewing since I was a young teenager, but was always breaking the rules and morphing patterns into my own vision. When I began quilting this allowed me to play with fabric in combinations of my own creation. Watching my husband create beautiful plein air oil paintings made me want to also capture the landscape in my own way so I brought my fabric outside and began cutting shapes and pinning them together to capture what I saw. I have also made portrait quilts of my grandchildren. I look forward to where my fabric and creative journey will lead me next.