New Worlds Being Geometrically Created

Las Casas de Flores - the Houses of Flowers

Artful Quilts - Quilted Art

Death is Permanent.

Worlds Being Hung into the Universe - detail

Wild Geese Flying over Cincinnati

Worlds Being Hung Into the Universe

​​Maude Wallace Haeger has been sewing and stitching most of her life. Her “high fiber diet” consists of beautiful cotton fabrics and different weights of sewing thread. Maude grew up in Urbana, Illinois, the child of two artist parents. From a very early age she found cloth, thread and needle the best way to work artistically or at least creatively. She would make things and then show her mother who would take Maude’s hands in hers and with tears in her voice say, “your grandmother would be so proud of you”. Maude’s maternal grandmother and great grandmother were both seamstresses, and her great grandfather was an itinerant tailor who, with his wife and children went from wealthy Russian house to wealthy house and sewed the clothes for the family. It is in the genes….

Maude’s favorite things to do as a child were to look through the costume section of the World Book Encyclopedia and recreate the ethnic costumes for my Barbie doll. She didn’t ever really play with the doll, just made “couturier” clothes for her. She also loved to embroider and did so for hours.

While everyone else seemed to take lots of math classes in high school, Maude took art through all of high school, and her teacher would enter all of her students in the Scholastic Art show each year. Maude got her share of ribbons and pins, and did actually receive the Hallmark purchase prize for a watercolor she did as a senior. But one could not get the purchase prize for textile work. Maude states: “This upset me, because even back in high school I felt that fiber art was just as much an art form as painting and drawing. One day at a University of Illinois faculty art exhibition, I was sitting on the stairs of the Krannert Art Museum watching all the people looking at the show. One of my parent’s friends and fellow professor, Jack Baker, stopped to talk to me. I told him I wasn’t as much of an artist because I couldn’t paint and draw as well as I could create with thread and cloth. He told me that my stylus was a needle and that was as much a stylus as a pencil, pen or paintbrush!”

Through high school Maude’s medium of choice was embroidery. She struggled with what to do in college but eventually found Eastern Illinois University where she was able to minor in crafts – weaving and finally graduated with a bachelor’s in art history/ weaving. It was after adopting four hard-to-place children thirty years ago that she switched from weaving to piecing and have never regretted it. Putting warps on a loom took more time than being a mother to eventually five children allowed.

The wonderful thing about quilt making is the scraps. I do not throw out many of them either. They just keep piling up in another plastic container and end up on a shelf. Then I take time to try to make an orderly arrangement of them and sew them together.

Jack Lenor Larsen stated that if one wants a red piece of cloth to really be “rich in color” one has to have one warp thread be red and one be orange. This reminded me of all those wonderful Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings at the Chicago Art Institute. The observer’s eyes mix the color!  I use that premise a lot in my work. Whether my work looks semi-traditional at times or very abstract, my hope is that my love of color and design will give joy to the observer.”

Juried Shows, Quilt Shows, One-Woman Shows, and Commission

Abstracts  - juried exhibition311 Gallery Raleigh, North Carolina March 1 - March 30, 2018 

Material: An Exhibition of Original Fiber Artworks from Across the Country  - juried exhibition - d'Art Gallery - Norfolk, Virginia February 20 - March 30, 2018 l 
Declaration of Sentiments 1848--The Struggle Continues – SAQA regional juried exhibition – touring 2017 – 2019 with exhibition catalog
"Spots, Stripes & Shapes in Nature" Art Quilt Exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton, Ohio - September 16, 2017 – November 4, 2019

 Voices – Quilt Alliance annual contest – honorable mention for: “Where Have All the Children Gone?”
Hoffman 2017 Challenge, two pieces entered and accepted, “Best Machine Workmanship — Maude Wallace Haeger for Modern Muse in a Mixed Metaphor” - 2017-2018
Hoffman 2016 Challenge, third place winner for Best use of Aurifil, touring 2016 - 2017

Playing Favorites – Quilt Alliance annual contest - 2016
Deep Spaces, a show traveling to Oregon, Texas and Washington, with catalog, September 2011 – June  2012
Water, Water, Everywhere, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Dayton, Ohio, (won for best theme interpretation), July 17th and ending on August 22nd, 2011
Art Quilts XV: Needleplay , Chandler Center for the Arts & Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ November 5, 2010, through January 15, 2011
The Alliance for American Quilts – Traveling exhibition - 2009
Hoffman 2006 Challenge, Traveling Exhibition, 2006 -2007
25th Fabrics of Legacies National Art Quilt Exhibit, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, CO June–July, 2006
The Alliance for American Quilts – Traveling exhibition – 2006-2007 
How Does Your Garden Grow? Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Marion, IN, 2006 
Art Quilt Network juried exhibition, Columbus, OH, – 2005
Fiber98, Textile Arts Center, Chicago, IL – 1998 
Black and White Exhibit, Artists Unlimited, Inc., Tampa, FL - 1997 
The Grail Fiber Show, Grailville, Cincinnati, OH - 1994 
Preble County Art Show, Preble County Art Center, Preble County, OH - 1992
Cincinnati Quilt Show– 1988 
Richmond, IN – Richmond Art Museum - One Woman Show – 1988 
Jay County, IN – Jay County Art Center - One Woman Show – 1986 
West Lafayette, IN – Eli Lilly Building – a triptych weaving commission - 1985 
Urbana, Illinois – Mercy Hospital Chapel – right and left altar pieces commission - 1983 
Fiberarts III – Idaho Falls, ID – 1983
Salt Lake City, UT, Atrium Gallery – One Woman Show – April, 1983 
Idaho Falls, ID – Women’s Art Fair- 1982

 University of Illinois: Urbana, IL – One Woman Show - June, 1982

Charity Events:
 Episcopal Community Services Foundation – 2011- donation of three quilts which were auctioned at a fund-raising event
 Episcopal Community Services Foundation – 2013 – donation of one quilt for a quilt raffle to benefit the homeless           

Chocolate Fest – 2013 - a banner with “St. Chocolate” for the winning church in the diocese of southern Ohio
 Linden Grove School – 2004 – quilt created with teacher help by the students for parents to bid on at the annual auction – 2 quilts

Private collections:

        Toledo, Ohio

          Canton, Ohio
          Santa Barbara, California
          New York, New York
          Cincinnati, Ohio
          Sherwood Forest, England


In Perspective, newsletter of the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, editor
“A Cure for the 'First Brochure' Blues", The Crafts Report, November, 1983
“Fenominal Felt: We Owe its Magic to the Scale” Humbolt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter. Humbolt, CA. Fall, 1983     
“Felted Sculpture: Mysterious and Magical Mummies” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA. Spring, 1984 
“Fenominal Felt: Insulation Plus Beauty” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA. Spring, 1985.
“Felted Holiday Cards: Season’s Greetings in Wool” Humboldt Bay Sheep and Wool Company Newsletter, Humboldt, CA, Fall, 1985 
“The Grateful Artist Syndrome Must Go” Craft Range, March/April, 1984 


University of Illinois – Springfield, Master’s in Teacher Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Legal Aspects of Education, Springfield, IL, 2014 
University of Michigan –Master’s in Special Education – Inclusion Specialist K-12, Dearborn, MI, 2004
Idaho State University, Elementary teacher certification requirements fulfilled, Pocatello, ID, 1976-1977 
Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Weaving, Charleston, IL, 1975                     

More education as an artist:

The Artist in Business, Libby Platus instructor, Seattle, WA 
Greek Weaving Techniques, American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece. A month long educational working tour of Classical and Byzantine Greece, with an emphasis on textiles. 
Felt making, Lane Goldsmith, Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

Freelance Art Instructor:
Quilting workshops, Cincinnati, OH area – mostly about color and quilting, but also how to create a Maude art quilt design. 
Elements and Principles of Design, lectures for museum docents, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN 
Marketing lecture for artists, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 
Marketing lecture for artists, Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference, Buffalo, NY 
Elements and Principles of Design in Weaving, three-day workshop, Dunes Spinners and Weavers Guild, Muskegon, MI 
European Influence on American Art, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN 
Elements and Principles of Design, workshop for teachers, Shelley, ID 
Art Marketing Workshop, Weaver’s Guild of Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls, ID


A quilt artist's studio is heaven for a cat - lights to sit under and get warm...ironing boards that get toasty...and always wonderful soft piles of cloth to get fur on! (Moses - a very spoiled cat)

Arrangement in Greens and Oranges

Winter Garden.

Flying Geese over the City

The Artist: Maude Wallace Haeger