Maura Ambrose was something of a legend to me long before I became familiar with her work. To my friends from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she was one of the most promising graduates they’d ever seen. Talk of her beautiful work in SCAD’s Fibers department was spreading and just about every writer and artist I knew living in the South was recommending I check out her work. And boy am I glad I did. Maura is truly committed to her craft from start to finish. From growing her own cotton and dyeing fibers at home with natural materials to hand-quilting each design and including handwritten letters about each quilt’s origin with orders, Maura is truly the sort of artist I not only admire and appreciate, but feel honored to be able to write about here.
Maura and her husband Chapman were driving home from a cross-country VW Bus trip when she decided to pursue quilt-making full time. She knew it was what made her truly happy and through serious hard work, dedication and the sort of creative vision that has now inspired other younger artists to rediscover quilting, Maura created a business, Folk Fibers, that has earned a devoted following. I’ve always wanted to peek inside Maura’s day-to-day life and see what her work process was like, so I was thrilled when she agreed to join us for A Day In The Life post. Maura and Chapman have a baby due soon, so I truly appreciate them opening their home and life to us at such a busy time. I hope you’ll enjoy be as inspired by a peek inside Maura’s life as I am. xo, grace
Photo above by Josh Goleman
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Maura: When our fridge is full of groceries my husband Chapman and I split a giant omelet. Surprisingly it’s Chap who has influenced the salad greens on our breakfast plate.
Maura: I’m currently working on a commission quilt for a special group of friends. The barn raising quilt design is traditional and symbolic of the region and history that surrounds the recipients.
Maura: A collection of inspiration I keep on my desk.
Maura: All my quilts are sold with a custom cedar box hand build by my dear friend and neighbor Kelly DeWitt. Chap laser etches the logo onto the box lids. The logo was designed by Renee Fernandez and Ryan Rhodes under the name L A N D
Maura: I like to play with color even when it comes to my food. Kale is my favorite green.
Maura: Greeting us at the front door to our home are succulents and a hand painted house warming gift made by our friend Adam Smith.
Maura: Our neighbors breed longhorns and this spring two babies joined the herd, it’s fun to see them on the way into town.
Maura: The wildflowers are in full swing here in central Texas, and solar dye jars are a great way to sample colors from nature collected on my evening walk.
Maura: I always have a few dye pots going that I check every day or so.
Maura: Cataloging fabric swatches after each dye bath is an ongoing project I keep for my personal records. Each quilt comes with fabric swatches that shares details on the origin of color.
Maura: Shelves in my studio hold stacks of naturally dyed fabrics for future projects.
Maura: My two pet rabbits, Grey and Timmy, are my favorite distraction.
Maura: It’s a good day when friends come over to enjoy the sunset around the fire pit. I love days I can help other makers, this image was taken by Nicole Mlakar for my friend Kelly DeWitt‘s new product line.
Maura: The Montana Quilt is my latest creation.
Maura: I love catching the evening light in our bedroom, it’s a magical way to end the day.