carson converse & her amazing quilts




fact: westchester county, new york, and fairfield county, connecticut are wealthy enclaves, but are not exactly really hot spots for the young and creative. source: i live here (in fairfield).

seriously, folks in their 20s and 30s are thin on the ground here. i often feel like a freak here, both because i’m more than a little off aesthetically and economically and because i’m slightly younger than the typical demographic of this general area. and one has to drive (ugh!) quite far to find good sources for yarn and fabric and whatnot. stuff is out there here and there but frankly it’s not as good as one might find in the city. *grumble, grumble*.

…but, i digress. πŸ™‚

anyway, i was super happy to read about carson converse on the etsy blog yesterday; she was the featured seller, and omg, she’s from westchester! reading that factoid made my heart happy. cool people doing cool stuff, around HERE?! yay! so happy to be proven wrong (somewhat) about this neck o’ the woods. (hahaha!)

i really love the simple, spare look of her quilts, her use of mostly/only solids (i’m increasingly loving this idea as far as developing my own quilts goes). her work has a really modern, but really classic feel. her art background really comes through in her work.

bravo, carson. your work, and you being from here, give me hope.


  1. cheryl

    oh god, do i know how you feel!!! i lived in Stamford for 5 years and felt absolutely shipwrecked! things got better as i got to meet (and work with) Denyse Schmidt, i took some pottery classes, and i made a couple little movies. it was just a matter of trying to fit even 30 minutes of something creative into my days, then things got much better. Love Carson’s quilts, thanks for the heads-up!

  2. Heather

    Oh wow, Tricia…you’re in the Westchester area now! I followed your blog way-back-when on LiveJournal, and on a lark googled to find what you’ve been up to these days. You are incredibly prolific and talented, and I’ve always adored your designs and aesthetics!

    I am living at the House of Love in Greenwich, CT. It’s a big artist/musician house that’s been around for 20 years or so. I like living right on a river but being in close proximity to the City. (I was looking at your beautiful garden pictures. We just started one here at the house and have been keeping a photo diary of our progress:

    I know what you mean about a sort of creative vacuum north of the City, but if we look hard enough, we can find like-minded people.

    One more thing: do you know of any good sewing classes offered around this area? I’m dying to brush up on my skills that haven’t been really used since home-ec classes in high school! πŸ™‚

  3. Ingrid

    I stumbled on to your blog today and read that you just moved to Chicago…I moved from Chicago to Westchester a few years ago. Your comments above really resonate! Creatives seem to be a rare breed in this area :). If you know where they are hiding let me know!

    P.S. You will love Chicago! And the winters aren’t really any worse than the NY/ CT burbs πŸ™‚