More About Beth and Quilt Zone 10

Beth was raised in Ohio, moved to SC in 1975, and within a year she joined the U.S. Navy. While she was stationed in California, her off-duty hours were frequently filled with a variety of craft projects. A close friend re-introduced her to the hand quilting that she’d seen as a youth performed by her grandmothers and a great-grandmother. A decision to carry on their tradition by hand quilting for her 6 nieces and nephews began Beth’s journey in the quilting world.

My Journey from Novice to Award Winning Quilting Artist

In 1995, she returned to SC and was soon active in guilds, locally and nationally. Before the sixth traditional quilt was finished, she had become an accomplished machine quilter with numerous local, national and international awards. Her quilt “Busby Berkeley’s Butterfly Ballet” was published in 1999 by the National Quilt Museum (formerly MAQS) in “Kaleidoscopes – New Quilts From Old Favorites”.

Her quilt “Tsunami Morning – Wave of Grief” was published in 2003 by C&T Publishing. She has been a member of two focus groups and is now in a third. She teaches and lectures in the Carolinas and Ohio. Her artwork is in numerous collections in the USA, and in Germany.

Evolution of A Passion To Last for A Lifetime

What began as a passion for handing down a tradition has evolved into an exploration of personal textile design. Mostly self-taught, Beth is eclectic in her work  and draws from a wide variety of techniques in her fiber art. She enjoys taking shapes or ideas (mind pictures) and using fabric to bring them into reality. Her intent in working in this media is to ask the viewer to come closer to look at details or to think about a concept in a different way.

“My emotions frequently play a part in my work and my sense of humor is often at play when joining concepts in fabric,” she says. Designing brings her the most pleasure, especially when she translates an idea into a finished work and can share it with others.

Favorite Quote Of The Month

The moment you're ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don't give up.

Beth Stewart-Ozark

Beth Stewart-Ozark is a fiber artist and quiltmaker, teacher, designer, and lecturer.