Collection: Marilyn Lee
I live in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota and I was 5 years old when I first learned to sew using a treadle sewing machine. Sewing, creating, and designing has been my passion ever since. From the amazing bag of scraps that my Grandma gave as a gift when I was a small child came my love for fabric and all of its fabulous colors and textures. I started out by sewing clothes for my dolls and the dolls of my friends. They all received tiny little quilts also. Patterns were unavailable to me and this is when I started learning to design my own patterns and to this day I very rarely ever use a pattern other than my own.
I have dabbled in just about every aspect of sewing, fabric, and thread through the years. My love of fine art has spilled over into my fabric creations and I find great joy in manipulating fabric and thread to re-create the beauty that I see around me in nature and in life. I love color and the amazing contrasts they can create in my work.
I use a vintage treadle to do free-motion thread painting on my quilts and I also use a 1929 Singer free-motion embroidery machine to embroider some of my quilts and also to do the quilting on them.
I design many products for local manufacturers and also one that sells worldwide. I am a very stay-at-home person, preferring to spend my time creating the beauty that surrounds me. I have taught many local and regional classes. I have entered some of my art quilts in local, regional, and state shows and I have received many blue ribbons and Best of Show awards. Some of my work was featured in the magazine "Stitches" which is a worldwide industry magazine for the embroidery industry. In 2004 I received a Guinness World Book record for the largest rag doll in the world. This 13-foot-tall doll, the famous Paul Bunyan of legend, was completely sewn by myself and was extremely life-like right down to his fingernails. My work has been featured in local, regional, and state magazines and publications. I have not entered any of my work in large shows as of yet.
I love to share my experience with others and help in any way that I can to teach them that they can create beautiful images with fabric and thread. We all need to open our minds up and let the possibilities pour out.