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Jane Sassaman

Drawing inspiration from her experience as a window dresser, sign maker, illustrator and designer of decorative accessories, Jane began to quilt in 1980. Since then, her exuberant quilt and fabric designs have attracted worldwide recognition. Influenced by 19th century Arts and Crafts designers, her work is abstracted from nature, but her signature graphic style is totally contemporary. 

As an art quilter, Jane’s designs are always recognizable for their bold color and graphic style. Her quilt Willow was named as one of the hundred best American quilts of the 20th century. Today she is translating her unique vision into exuberant fabrics for FreeSpirit. Like her quilts, Jane's fabrics are nature-inspired, large scaled and colorfully enthusiastic. They have been lovingly referred to as "William Morris on anti-depressants".

“I try to express the energy and mystery of our amazing universe - from the miraculous beauty of a single blossom to the complicated powers of the soul. I believe that a well-designed object can make a positive statement about its owner,” says Jane.

 

When she isn’t designing fabric in the studio, she is on the road teaching quilt classes, sketching in the garden or browsing through her wonderful library of design books. She is also the author of "The Quilted Garden", which includes twenty years of her work and exercises for making nature-inspired quilts.

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