About Nancy Fève

A lifelong sewing enthusiast and former French teacher and translator, I found a new vocation exploring the artistic possibilities of quiltmaking and sharing these discoveries with others through workshops, trunk shows and a quilt diaspora from France to California.

In 2002, I made my first kaleidoscope quilts and was captivated by the power of radiant symmetry to discover and explore the secret inner life of printed fabric. This obsession is ongoing.

I teach in the greater Washington, DC area while continuing my piecing experiments, adapting traditional blocks for kaleidoscope use and trying new themes and variations. Since 2005, I have been lucky enough to be able to concentrate on design and construction, entrusting the custom quilting of significant pieces to professional long-arm quilt artist Linda Leathersich. This collaboration has increased my output and enhanced the final product to such an extent that only work quilted by Linda has been selected for this gallery, unless otherwise noted.

Since my first quilt show in 2006, I have continued to explore the effects of radiant symmetry, in both figurative blocks, representing flowers, leaves and fireworks, and in “blockless” abstract quilts built from hexagons and octagons. This continuing fascination has more recently been joined by an interest in both latent patterns, created by judicious placement and combination of traditional blocks, and the use of such blocks as vehicles for color study. New uses for traditional blocks and the changing aspect of colors according to their surroundings now vie with radiant symmetry for studio time. With so many exploratory projects in mind and so much fabric awaiting its turn, I will have to live a really long time to get to them all.

All the quilts in this gallery are for sale, mutually interesting commissions are welcome, and I offer many classes for those inspired to make their own.

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