The Artist

I am an art quilter exploring stories starting with a photograph.

Vintage images, family albums and camera phone snapshots documenting my life are my primary subject matter.  Every art quilt I make has a rich subtext - a hidden story.

Creating allows me, as an artist; to think deeply about my life and celebrate the joy I find everyday


My process starts with a digital image. I use photo manipulation software to enhance or create a new composition. The digital file is sent to a commercial fabric printer. When the fabric arrives in my studio, I use a variety of  materials including dyes, pigment sticks and paints directly on the cloth.  As I quilt through the cloth, batting and backing; I am  drawing with thread to create a rich and visually exciting  work of art.

Margaret Abramshe was born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1959 to family of academics. She studied for her BFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a degree in Art Education from Florida International University and a Master’s in Fine Art from the University of Northern Colorado. She spent her career as public school educator, a mentor teacher, wrote numerous grants and was part of district wide curriculum writing teams in Jefferson County Colorado.

Since retiring, Margaret has devoted her time to being studio artist working as an art quilter.  In the past three years Margaret’s art quilts have been included in numerous local, national and international shows.

Recent Posts

Needle and Thread

Last time I wrote, I was excited about a trip to the “Road to California” quilt show in Ontario California.

This experience helped my broaden my view of creative expression. There is great value in understanding the rationale behind  quilt show judging.

Judges at quilt shows use a rubric to evaluate all kinds of quilts. A rubric is a concrete and consistent list of expectations for performance. (stitches consistent length, the number of stitches per inch, the composition and execution  meets the expectations of the category, etc.).


I have been in the “no rules” camp for so long that I did not realize how much those rules can help expand creative opportunities.

The single comment made by the judge at this show was “thread tension” . A short to the point comment was a gift. It gave me an opportunity to grow as an artist and craftsman.

As I walked through the vendor market I started to focus on thread. We create line, pattern, change color and value by using thread. Thread can be an embellishment or a drawing tool.

Needle and thread is going to be a new focus for me. I want to embroider, improve my skill on my mid arm machine, practice traditional motifs and learn to use those rulers.

I am also starting to collect resources to help me learn like the websites “Needle and Thread”  and Handi Quilters Youtube channel “Sweet 16 Sundays”

Wish me luck!

Until next time…

Road to California

Last month I got a chance to attend the “Road to California” quilt show. The show is an annual event in Ontario California. I had a quilt on display in the human figure category. It was the first time I entered a traditional quilt show.  As an art quilter, I have been devoting time to […]


Keep a Little Notebook

There is a book by Gretchen Rubin called the “Four Tendencies”. It’s a book that divides personality profiles into four basic groups. She has test to find out where your personality falls. As it turns out I am an “Obliger”.  Obligers respond best to external motivation. They feel obligated to take out the trash, get […]


Why am I the “Metaphysical Quilter” ?

As I hand out a business card that most frequent question I get is “Why the “Metaphysical” Quilter”.  In truth I have to say that I decided on this moniker 10 years ago and did not fully think through my choice. But as time goes on I am becoming more attached to this name. Metaphysical […]


And a Happy New Year!

Dear Readers, When we were small children we wrote a letter to Santa asking for all the presents we wanted to see under our Christmas tree. As we got a little older the letter was no longer written to this fictional character but the expectation of getting the perfect gift was still a big part […]