Sandra Malamed translates stories from history into unique appliqué quilts. Sandy Malamed seeks to create naïve works representing the everyday lives of simple people in late 17th and early 18th century America. Her goal is to produce work with great visual impact while employing the simplest, traditional methods and period appropriate design motifs. These narrative quilts are hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, and hand quilted without the employment of glues or adhesives. Antique homespun linen bed sheets are used as the background of many quilts, which contain their own history. The wear, tears, and stains of use in this fabric add real life and history to the narratives. Her work represents a period in time when cotton fabrics were just beginning to be produced in America, school girl samplers were common, and appliqué album quilts were becoming popular.
Sandy Malamed is from Birchrunville, Pennsylvania and is included in Early American Life Magazine’s Traditional American Crafts Directory Listing of artists. She is a member of the Early American Folk Arts & Trades Facebook group.