Concrete & Grassland

I am truly excited to start my blog today.  I feel like I have something to share with others now.

I am a Lithuanian quilter, traveler and cat lover.

I usually get my inspiration from the nature. I take a lot of pictures but making a quilt I don’t replicate the picture. I get inspired and try  to express myself by using fabric, color, shapes, lines and stitches.

While traveling and walking on the cement sidewalk, I noticed a dandelion growing out through the crack:


I was amazed by the power of this humble flower and a lust for life it had. It was so inspirational to think that we can always find ways to overcome our own hurdles.

I dye my own fabrics now. Living in Lithuania it is the only way to have a range of colors that would let me feel free working on quilts. I had 15 shades of gray and that was the start.

I made this realistically looking quilt that I named Lust for Life:

Lust For Life by Maryte Collard as featured in Concrete & Grassland

Then I thought: hmm… I don’t think this is what I want. I made another quilt that I named Breaking Through:


I entered both quilts to the upcoming SAQA exhibition Concrete & Grassland and Lust for Life was selected.  It even got onto the cover of the catalog:

Concrete and Grassland catalogue The exhibition opens  at  Grant’s Pass Museum of Art in Oregon on June 1st and will be open until July 29th. I am excited!


  1. Congratulations on the launch of your new website, blog and Facebook page! It’s wonderful to see your artworks all together in one place. And what a thrill to see Lust for Life on the cover of the catalogue.

    • Thank you, Brenda! It is your fault about all what is happening to me these days! My life got really exciting.
      By the way, I didn’t even think to enter Lust for Life, I only did because you encouraged me. What a twist of life after I met you!

  2. Congratulations Maryte! I recognise one of your water quilts, I think I’ve seen it on textile arts on Facebook and loved it then. Look forward to following your journey.

    • Thank you, Charlotte!
      I have more water quilts now, I didn’t post all of the on Facebook.
      Come back again!

  3. I love that one thing led to another!

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