Andrea Jones was born to Walter Jones and Marion Lewis Jones. She is the sole survivor of the children featured on this quilt. Andrea is a very creative person. She makes beautiful soft sculpture dolls and other miniature items. She made countless Cabbage Patch dolls at the height of the Cabbage Patch craze. Andrea has also made many Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Her favorite thing is to work with children.
I am proud to present Andrea Jones as the final face on this quilt. I know it has been a long time coming but I have gotten swept up by Life. Forgive me. Trust that I have been squeezing the most gusto out of it though.
Most of all I want my work to reflect my great African heritage as well as the ups and downs of our American experience. I never planned to be an artist. I simply loved participating in any procedure where I used my hands. I found my interest leaning towards fabrics and the way textiles spoke to me in a musical voice. The colors, designs and textures moved in and out with a special rhythm.
I strive to capture that musical movement with every piece I create. I reflect it in my quilts and outwardly in my own voice through my quilt stories. I love to create from traditional quilt patterns as well as contemporary designs. I want that mixture to touch a healing spot somewhere deep inside the viewer. I try all kinds of techniques and work hard to go outside my own box.
I like to use colors that dance like the gold-orange setting sun over the Serengeti, the green grasses swaying on the Nubian Savannahs or the bright pink hibiscus blossoms kissing the Caribbean breeze. I hear that same music as the colors and design s all come together. I want the viewer to first feel and then hear the strength of that rhythm. Surely, I want my quilts to tell a story and maybe even SING!