In the Company of Angels by Laurie Tigner


You don’t have to be religious to love religious art. Just read about Laurie Tigner in the latest TQL (“In the Company of Angels”). She’s always been fascinated by icons, and paintings of saints and angels, and she learned to paint icons in the traditional manner. A fairly recent convert to quiltmaking, she realized she could marry her new and her old loves – and, along the way, make some prizewinning quilts! For the faces of this gorgeous small Madonna and Child, Laurie scanned the first icon she painted and printed it on fabric. The background is stippled with metallic thread and the border is elaborately quilted with graceful feathers. Just beautiful.

Madonna and Child, 14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″, by Laurie Tigner

If you’ve read the article, you know Laurie’s most recent venture is her own longarm and pattern business (visit We spoke to Laurie the other day and she had some more good news – RJR fabrics will be kitting one of her new patterns for Spring Market. “I am becoming more and more hopeful that my endeavors will be successful,” she said. “I think it all boils down to just believing, and going with your heart.”

When I studied art history, back in the day, I learned that religion and religious institutions both inspired and supported artists financially through the centuries – from the tomb paintings of the ancient Egyptians to Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel and beyond. One of my professors, in an effort to get a lecture hall full of college freshmen to relate to 600-year-old paintings, said, “Look at those faces! You see people who look like that every day. In fact, I saw that guy on the subway this morning.”

I hope you have an inspiring weekend.
Jan Magee, The Quilt Life


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This work is absolutely STUNNING!

I have been making icon quilts for about five years — at first I thought this was a photo of one of mine, “Sweet Kissing.” This is nearly identical to both the design and execution of my icon quilts.