I love when quilters come into my booth, as at the 2012 PA Guild Show in Wilmington. They come closer and are happy to find that the mosaics that looked familiar are indeed based on quilt patterns. I had a conversation with a woman who loved the colors in my work, and that she feels the way about colors in fabric. I won the Adele Swenson award for excellence in Home Economics in the 9th grade.
It took me awhile to figure out that the allure of Home Economics was that I liked choosing fabric, not the actual sewing. I still remember the colors and textures of fabric I chose in junior high: nubby linen in red with black flowers, brown plaid with gold threads, cream cotton with a tiny strawberry print, maroon fine wale corduroy(which apparently I was spelling the Canadian way, cordouroy, which the spellchecker took issue with), and black cotton with shimmering gold flowers for a blouse with gold piping.
I am glad that I can interpret quilt patterns in glass, keeping the color, and the thread connecting me to my younger self.