Fay Timmerman-Traudt has always loved the feel of fabric. She began stitching
at her grandmother’s knee at four-years-of-age. She later was inspired
by Amish women’s use of bold colors and dynamic lines in their quilts.
She has been creating and collecting quilts since 1985.
Moving to western Colorado in 1988 changed her view of the world and her
quilting style. The sandstone patterns, unending vistas, unexpected colors
of sagebrush and cactus influences her awareness. The Petroglyph artwork
created by the early Americans continues to inspire her work. She creates intuitively
and is often surprised and delighted with the finished piece.
Fay and her photographer-husband, Steve Traudt, lived in the incredible high
desert of Glade Park, Colorado amid the solitude, landscapes and abundant
wildlife, an influence which continues to shape her esthetic.
Most of Fay’s work is innovative art quilting. She hand-dyes, dye-discharges
and hand stamps and paints many of her own fabrics. She also teaches
and designs in hand-made paper, doll making, embroidery and wearable art.
A founding member of the Colorado West Quilters Guild and The Art Quilt
Association, she owned and operated Quilt Junction in downtown Grand
for eight years.
Her quilts have won prizes in Road to California, Quilt Japan and the
Colorado Quilting Council’s competitions. Fay’s creations hang in collections
in Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, California, New York and Japan. Her quilt “Ancient
Messages” was featured in the 2000 American Quilter’s Society’s
Art Quilt Engagement calendar.
Fay’s art piece, “Desert Blooms” was included in the 2010 “500
Art Quilts” published by Lark Books.