Therese May has been collecting and saving pieces of fabric for years, most of it given to her by other people. Likewise for buttons. She seems to attract them.
Her quilts begin with drawings that she uses as templates for fabric appliqué shapes. She pins these to muslin and sews them with a satin stitch and hand-quilts the three layers--top, batting, and backing. Then she adds detail with beads, buttons, fimo, braids and sometimes paint.
Influenced by her grandmother and trained as a painter, May finds inspiration everywhere she looks, but mainly from inside herself.