From Texas Works, we present our Feature on Maura Grace Ambrose of Folk Fibers, together with previously unpublished photos by Caleb Kerr.
Hand-Stitched Americana, via Bastrop, Texas
While producing Texas Works: Products & Portraits of Talent, few people impressed us as much as Maura Grace Ambrose. And fewer products impressed us as much as her extraordinary quilts.
We wrote a full Feature on Maura, highlighting what we thought was a beautiful yet untold part of the Folk Fibers story: her relationship with her husband Chap, and his supporting role in the founding of Folk Fibers.
We’ve reprinted that Feature below, interspersed among previously unpublished photos from our visit to their home in Bastrop, just outside of Austin. Maura creates so many beautiful quilts, we had an extraordinarily tough time selecting which photos to exclude from Texas Works. We’re glad to at least share them here. Enjoy.
In the middle of every quilt is a supportive layer called the batting. You can’t see it, but it’s there, providing structure and comfort to the artful outer parts. If you remove the batting, you’ll still have something very beautiful, but it will be incomplete.
Shortly after their trip, Maura founded Folk Fibers.
Today, her extraordinary hand-stitched, all-natural dyed quilts have earned the attention of thousands of admirers, nationwide. Maura’s talent is rivaled only by her charm; she refers to the colors of her natural dyes of indigo and cochineal as precious, and declares, I want the loveliest soul, pining for a Folk Fibers quilt, to have one. With the supportive, comforting guidance of Chap, her batting, she smiles, creates, and is complete.