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From functional to art, quilting brings peace

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Award-winning quilter and international pattern designer J. Michelle Watts is seen here at her Roswell studio with her favorite 2017 quilt. “For me it represents humanity,” she said. “All the pieces are different sizes and shapes and colors and again, that represents the human race to me.” Watts asked her friends to contribute. They had to finish the sentence, “Imagine the world …” “I let them write whatever they wanted to write and then I took their signature or whatever they wrote and I enlarged it and embroidered or wrote those things that they wrote on the quilt,” Watts said. “One of the reasons I did it was it just, everything you read is negative, that’s the reason why I did it. All you hear is the negative stuff. This was just my way of dealing with all of the bad stuff in the world, so I made a nice peace sign.” Watts is this year’s featured quilter at the 15th biennial Pecos Valley Quilt Show, Sept. 14 and 15, at the Roswell Mall. She is planning to bring her peace quilt, among other samples of her work. For more information, visit jmichellewatts.com. (Christina Stock Photo)