lofty quilts and high art
McQuaid has moved into her newly designed and extended studio, as the construction is now complete.
The studio features professional lighting and industrial-style fans, and faces north towards an alfalfa farm.
Basically, it is two rooms separated by bulletin-board like sliding doors.The doors double as boards for ideas and/or design walls, in addition to another large wall totally devoted to design or professional photographing of the work. When the doors are closed, they allow for viewing the work in progress as well as photographing it from a distance.
The dual studio contains two closets for storage of fabrics and threads respectively, as well as numerous other cubbies and shelves for materials and small equipment. A new, custom-designed ergonomic fold-out cutting table and a thread organization cabinet were also added. One "room" in the studio is essentially devoted to a 12-foot computer- or hand- driven quilting machine. The other is for sewing, cutting, painting, and embroidery work.