Hi. I’m Mitzie, the artist behind Jittery Wings Design Co. My hyper-active, never idle, joyful realism (ADHD) makes me jittery. My unrelenting pursuit for creative expression gives me wings to take leaps in life.

ILLUSTRATIONS: My current illustration style is leaning in on block printing meets whimsical elegance. 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 rooms.

QUILT PATTERNS: I describe my quilt designs as “quilted illustrations” of life and the inspiration that come 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, 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 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 allowing Jittery Wings to be a large part of our lives. If you would like me to speak at one of your events for a trunk show and to share my story, please visit the Class and Workshop page at www.jitterywings.com.

I recently learned Adobe Illustrator and Procreate, and have found a new obsession in creating digital designs not quite appropriate for quilting. Some are available for sell on Society6. Others are available to license. I am also open to collaborations.

MITZIE IN THE NEWS OR PRINT:

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Make Modern Magazine Issue 22 May 2018 “One Got Out” Pattern

1st Place Craft Winner for Prosperity’s Hopping Art and Craft Festival, May 2017

The Columbia Metropolitian

The Presbyterian Handbook for Pastors

On Midlands Connects WACH Fox Columbia News