Quilting to Art

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM EDT

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January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 7:48 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Maureen Feenie says making quilts is her passion

“Over the years I've done big projects, little projects and I've taken classes from some of the great quilt makers,” Feenie said.

Hundreds of colors, patterns and hours of time go into every stitch.

“When you start you chose the fabric and then think of a design. Then, you cut and press and sew the fabric,” Feenie said.

Feenie said each quilt is a work of art. She also has another love, the library where she has worked for decades. Now, she hangs her art at the Niagara Falls Public library to showcase to the entire community but she says there is a catch.

“Very expensive hobby for most people. Fabric is $10 a yard. You need backing which is three to four yards,” Feenie said.

Not everyone is able to do it but Feenie found a way around the cos. She is calling this new method "re-quilting"

“When I'd go to the salvation army or Amvets, Goodwill. They were made in factories in China. The Factory made quilts look nice but they don't stand up,” Feenie said.

The factory made quilts wear out so easily and in a short amount of time so Feenie gets these quilts for very low cost at second hand stores. She then makes them into what you see here.

“So I thought id buy this and this and they were complicated design and I'd machine sew them down and I got an addiction to it,” Feenie said.

Although she sometimes does her original work, she said re-quilting is just as much fun but saves a lot of time and money.

“With re-quilting you just sit down, set up your sewing machine and sew, sew, sew. It's faster and it is relaxing,” Feenie said.