Since 1997 I have been passionately endeavoring to evolve into an art quilt maker, striving to create original pieces according to my own inspirations, often filled with personal symbolism.
I have made modern quilts such as Will’s Sojourn and Mod Doodles. I have also tried many patterns and techniques so far but my favorite is hand work – hand applique and hand quilting such as in Textures With A View and Dreaming of Fall. Piecing, usually a background treatment, is done by machine to speed up the process. But I am happiest with a needle in my hand, doing applique. Tamre’s Dragon is a commissioned piece, but two recent group projects I designed and organized have inspired me to explore fusible web applique landscapes (A Place to Go). Pieces which can be hung on the wall as art, or thrown on the couch to cuddle up in. A past commission is the Lagola Stars and Spirals. Also a folksy but sophisticated log cabin ‘quillow’ can be folded up into a pillow and thrown in the car for a long trip. There’s also a Red Hawaiian piece. and a recent Textures with a Garden View. I’m currently working on the hand piecing technique of English Paper Piecing, working on Tula Pink’s Nova pattern as well as Karen Trip’s Obsession EPP. Having a ball!
Playing with other quilt designers’ patterns has also been important for developing the necessary skills to go in my own direction. Most inspiring to me have been Paula Nadelstern, Nancy Crow, Valorie & Jean Wells, and Jane Sassaman, but there are way too many brilliant quilt makers to name! For English Paper Piecing, I love Tula Pink and Karen Tripp. See also my Links page.
Pieces take anywhere from one month to one year to complete, depending on complexity. Some pieces need to ‘cook’ in my head, so I let them. Others progress at a good and even pace. Ultimately, quilts evolve at their own pace.
All my work is done with 100% cotton fabrics, batting and backing. They are high quality pieces which with proper care, should last a very, very long time. I intend to begin working with silks sometime soon. I have worked with hand dyed fabrics and have recently incorporated beading into some quilted pieces.