Ineke McCrea’s mother was a sewer, and she would often take her fabric shopping. Early on, Ineke loved fabric, and she would make table runners, pillows and handbags, mostly in a traditional style. Ineke was always interested in taking an idea and putting her own stamp on it.
In 2001, Ineke took a quilting class, and in her spare time, she made her first quilt, which was in the traditional block style. After she retired from a successful career in education, Ineke attended the Lansdale Arts in the Park Festival and saw a landscape quilt enhanced by “thread painting.” Captivated by the 3D-like pattern of colors, Ineke really wanted to learn more about this style of quilting, so she registered for a class at Bryne Sewing Center. The instructor turned out to be Joyce Hughes, the creator of the landscape quilt she saw at the festival! From this point forward, Joyce became her mentor, and Ineke’s interest in quilting developed into a true passion.
Almost daily, Ineke can be found sitting at her sewing machine, gracefully weaving brilliant patterns of fabric together while listening to books on her iPhone. Quilting gives her a sense of accomplishment—the joy of creating something unique and the satisfaction of other people’s comments upon seeing her beautiful work. One of Ineke’s quilts even went on to win the second place award at the Wyoming Quilt Show!
Ineke enjoys challenging herself to create the most unique designs. Her latest task is mastering a collage quilt, which is somewhat similar to the impressionism style of painting. The larger objects within the quilt are made up of tiny patterned pieces, representing a collage.
One of Ineke’s most prized quilts is her King of Carolina Low-Country, which hangs on the dining room wall in her home. The quilt subject stemmed from a great blue heron she saw in the middle of the road while on Hilton Head Island, NC in 1970. The result is a stunning piece that when viewed up close, the intricate details of the heron’s design are extraordinary. It truly is an achievement of a master artist.