American Made Since 2009

Maureen Turgeon

Haverhill, Massachusetts
I make quilts because they are beautiful and functional. It's Art You Can Use, and that satisfies me in a very basic way.
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Tell us about your business.

I don't know why I am attracted to fabric so much, but anyone who has this particular proclivity can relate. Put me in a room full of fabric and it's like being in a candy shop. I just need to have it. I like the colors, the combination of colors and the diversity of colors. My quilts are less about design than they are about color. And each quilt has its own mood. Some are bold and the colors are strong, while others are all about subtlety and quiet. What I especially like is that they are useful and beautiful. I like to call them "Art You Can Use". And it's the utility as well as the art that especially attracts me. I think at my core, I'm an artist, but I have just too much New England practicality in my DNA to do anything else. Quilts satisfy my need to express both sides of my nature. I hope they satisfy something in you too.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

I work from home. My "studio" doubles as a guest room and office.

What inspires you?

It's the colors. I'm drawn to the mixing of soft and bold colors, bright and vibrant. Nothing bland for me. When I go into a particularly wonderful fabric store it's like the candy counter to a child. When I see it, it calls to me. If you are a fabric person, you can relate.

What makes your business stand out?

My business does not stand out. It's just one woman doing what calls to her and sharing it with any one who can appreciate the love that goes into the product.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Marry well. It really helps if you don't have to support yourself doing your business. Do what you love. Even if your pocket book does not appreciate it, your soul will.

What does American Made mean to you?

There are some crafts that are so "American". Quilts are one of them. Making something beautiful that is also functional from something simple. It's part of the "can do" that is so American and something so basic as home.

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