Terri Gavin has been sewing since 5th grade when she made her first jumper. By the time she left for college, she was making all her clothes. Over the years, this came to include jackets, winter coats, Calvin Klein jeans and even sports coats for her brothers.
After collecting quilting books for years with the intention of making a quilt, she took her first quilting class in 1999 at City Quilter in New York City. Over the first few years, she made several traditional quilts, mostly bed quilts. But this quickly became boring for her and she moved on to art quits as she discovered, admired and took lessons from Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain, Libby Lehman and Paula Nadelstern. These women also inspired her to start creating fabric with dye and paint which lead to further inspiration from Mickey Lawler, Carol Soderlund, Jane Dunnewold and Jan Meyers-Newberry. Along the way, she had the opportunity to be in a Carol Soderlund class with Heather Purcell which introduced her to the fabulous Superior Threads.
Then it was a matter of finding the right inspiration and media. The first total success came with New York Scenes - John Jay Park in Winter, which won second place at Northern Star Quilters Guild Show, an annual premier guild show in the Northeast. It went on to win in the digital category in Houston in 2011, Best Pictorial in the MidAtlantic Quit Festival and to be featured with a full page article on the final page of the March 2013 Quilter’s Newsletter.
While digital quilts and thread painting are among her favorite to create, fabric and quilts made from that fabric also hold a major place in her repertoire.