As a textile designer, Mary McGuire combines her love of pattern, color and texture, to create fresh, innovative, modern fabrics for quilters. Her stylish collections offer versatility with endless color possibilities to compliment any space in a home. Mary received her BFA for Surface Pattern Design from Syracuse University. After graduating, she spent several years as a graphic artist and computer animator before returning to the world of fabric design.
Mary begins her design process away from the studio. She explains, "I travel everywhere with my sketchbook and make quick studies of my observations and impressions, drawing inspiration from the world around me." She then extracts the essence of her sketches, adding a sense of tradition and whimsy to her fabric designs.
Unlike many quilters who were raised in a quilting environment, Mary and her mother, Patricia entered the quilting world together! They traveled to numerous shows and attended various classes, among them a journey to France, where they created watercolor quilts while cruising along the Seine. Mary's quilts have been displayed and have received accolades in several shows including the juried Tactile Architecture exhibition at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. In addition to quilting, she enjoys painting silk scarves, hand dying fabric, sewing, knitting and quilting both traditional and art quilts.
Mary currently resides with her husband, Mick, in their turn of the century, Tarrytown, NY home. When she is not in her studio designing fabrics, she can be found sailing on the Hudson River or pastel painting en plein air in the majestic Hudson Valley.