Blending inspirational photography, mosaic design and quilting combined with a bit of technology, a digital die cutting machine, I create mosaic art quilts. It begins with the photos I capture. My images speak to me personally. They express feelings, mood, color and light connecting me to the people, places, and objects in my photos. After choosing a photo to work with, I freehand draw a mosaic design of it which is later used to create a digital pattern. Next, I carefully select commercial batiks and hand-dyed fabrics to achieve the perfect combination of shading, contrast, and interest. In the end, all of the small, intricate fabric pieces are precisely cut using a digital cutter, fused into place and free-motion stitched creating an art quilt that is both filled with emotion and visually stunning.
Heidi Proffetty is an award-winning quilter and teacher known for her mosaic style of art quilts. In 2018 she won a 1st place award for her quilt, "Is She Ready Yet?" at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Her quilts have been juried into American Quilter’s Society, traveled with Cherrywood Fabric’s Challenge exhibits and exhibited in local galleries. She has been a featured guest artist on Quilting Arts TV and contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine. In 2018, she made a guest appearance on The Quilt Show and the show aired on March 10, 2019.
Looking ahead, she will continue to make a mosaic style of art quilts, enter quilt shows and will offer lectures and workshops to teach others her original technique of creating mosaic art quilts using a digital cutter. Plus a few other surprises too!
The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, (Show 2406, Aired March 10, 2019)
Quilting Arts TV, series 2200, episode 2304 (Aired August 2018 on PBS)
Quilting Arts TV, series 2100, episodes 2103 & 2105 (Aired February 2018 on PBS)
Patchwork Professional JAN 2020
House & Garden Magazine JUNE 2019
Quilting Arts Magazine FEB/MAR 2019
Quilting Arts Magazine JUN/JUL 2018
Quilting Arts Magazine OCT/NOV 2017
Create Whimsy Online Magazine Spotlight Artist DEC 2018
International Quilt Association Journal Winter 2018
Superior Threads - Superior Stars FEB 2018
AQS: QuiltWeek Show, Spring - Paducah, KY - Is She Ready Yet?" - 1st place winner-Small Wall Quilts-Pictorial
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas - "Is She Ready Yet?" - 1st place winner People-Portraits-Figures
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Market/Portland, OR
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival/Chicago, IL
The Van Gogh Challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, MN - "Starry Night on a Sunny Day" - 2017 Dutch Gallery Finalist
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas - "Daddy, Hold my Hand" - 3rd place winner People-Portraits-Figures
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas - "Blossomed" - 2nd place winner People-Portraits-Figures
The Little Black Dress, The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, MA
Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas
The Lion King Challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics, MN - "The Calm Before the Roar" - 2016 Finalist