I’m Mitzie, the quilter and designer behind Jittery Wings, a sewing hobby obsession. My hyper-active, never idle, joyful realism (ADHD) makes me jittery. After a significant low point in my life, quilting and sewing gave me the wings I needed to take creative leaps once again.
I am inspired by all the hobbies of the amazing people in my home…music, gardening, gaming, baking, rv camping, drawing, quilting, sewing and family love. We are just a bunch of introverts nerding out together in our separate (but connected) rooms. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE triangles! I describe my quilt designs as “quilted illustrations” of life and the inspiration that comes from living freely creative. Once an idea or image comes to mind, I chase the design until the “right” technique is determined to accomplish the desired look and feel. I use multiple techniques like raw edge applique, foundation paper piecing and traditional piecing to accomplish the desired goal.
I “was” a marathon runner, weight lifter and potter. I taught classes and have commissioned pottery pieces across the south east. In 2014, though, my life changed completely. Pain and neuropathy began to take over my body and mind gradually, until I couldn’t take it anymore. They tested me for all sorts of scary things like brain tumors, ALS, Parkinson’s, and MS. It took four neurologist and two years for a diagnosis. Tarlov Cysts. You can Google it, I did, because I had never even heard of it. I could deal with the pain, but the part that sucked the most…no more running, lifting or pottery. I eventually let go and sold my pottery studio and floundered for a while trying to figure out who I was without all these faithful loves in my life.
By accident, I found the Great British Sewing Bee on Youtube. Shhh, don’t tell. I was hooked and started sewing again. My mother taught me as a child. As I tend to do with all things, once I learned how to make something, like jeans, or a dress, or a coat, I was on to the next thing. Until I reached quilting. I had found it; that “feeling” I used to get when I was throwing a pot. Something inside me shifted. The actual quilting part of making a quilt, is my favorite, because it gives me that same “feeling.” Designing is my second favorite part of quilting as it hits that hyper-focused ADHD creativity side of my brain.
Quilting and my new local guild friends, helped me find my way back to my creative and physical self. I hadn’t realized how lost I felt. I am grateful to them, and to my family for supporting my sewing obsession.
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1st Place Craft Winner for Prosperity’s Hopping Art and Craft Festival, May 2017