Artist Statement

As a lover of textiles, always, I was off exploring in the ‘90s when quilting found me. After that first encounter it took merely two months until my darkroom was transformed with a sewing machine. I was a quilter: and just a few years later I began to lecture, teach, and exhibit my quiltworks.

Quilting lets me express my vision of life’s landscapes with stitched\magic. I love using my Fast-Piece Appliqué™ method to transform curved shapes of colorful fabrics, and building my quilt tops layer by layer. I sprinkle these quilt tops of custom fabrics, rich silks, hand-painted and commercial cottons with texture, and add shiny magic with yarns, beads, and wool along with found and handmade embellishments.

For me it is the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary that keeps me wanting more. By using the techniques I have shared in my two earlier books, Dream Landscape, and Exploring Embellishments, Design, Create, Quilt, and my new book Fast-Piece Applique, the stitching remains fast-fun and easy, giving me the gift of time to work on the long list of quilts in my head.

My quilt journey now stretches over 20 years, and I continue to love learning all the fabric magic I can find. On this journey, I have created and exhibited my work nationally and internationally, and back in 1996 I started, Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists, a group that continues to be a place where anyone interested in quilt art can come and learn and share.

My work has appeared in books, CD-booklets/videos and patterns where I share methods and ideas, and I am continually delighted by opportunities to share my love of transforming fabric. I have been a contributor to Quilting Arts, Quilters Newsletter, Quilters Home, American Quilter, Quilts Japan, and Generation Q magazines, and I had a blast sharing my techniques and my quilts while appearing on Simply Quilts, The Quilt Show, and the Quilt out Loud quilt programs. At any point you may see my quilts, as they continue to appear in solo exhibits, quilt festivals, galleries.

The passion of creating anew, creating something important to the maker is a joyful experience that I always try to pass on in my presentations and workshops. My lectures and workshops whether they are hands-on, or on-line are designed to help quilters and non-quilters alike find innovated ways to express themselves while creatively exploring new techniques and building new skills.

Mostly, I love opportunities to share my love and excitement of all things ‘stitched’.

Commission Your Own Quilt

I am available to do commission work that invites your creative input while meeting your home, office and corporate design specifications.

ART IS VERY PERSONAL. The artwork that graces your home or office reveals to others, immediately and directly, a deeper truth about who you are. If you want to be surrounded by art that creates a special mood, that soothes, revitalizes or just makes your spirits soar then I can help you by creating that especially inspiring art quilt.

GETTING STARTED. Every piece is meticulously hand done from new materials . Most projects can be completed and shipped 4-8* weeks after a work order contract is signed, and may be shipped worldwide. (*dependent on previously scheduled commissions, size/complexity of the quilt and traveling schedule).

DESIGN SERVICES. These services cover includes the client interview and sketch preparation. A design service fee of $300 is due prior to client interview. At contract signing the design service fee is subtracted from the total cost of the commission.

CLIENT INTERVIEW. Here you have an opportunity to share with me your ideas and details that you would like to be part of the finished work. Some areas we will cover are:

Size of the quilt you would like and budget for the work

Location the piece will occupy

Your ideas about colors and/or photographs of the site or personal landscapes you admire

An idea of what about my work and style attracted you

When do you need the commission completed

Sketch development & delivery

With an understanding of your wishes I develop two different sketches that are forwarded to you along with fabric and embellishment samples for approval.

CONTRACT DELIVERY. The contract is forwarded along with the delivery of your sketches. Work is scheduled and started once the contract is signed and returned with a 50% deposit. On scheduled delivery the remaining 50% is due.

PRICING. Pricing is based on the size and complexity of the work commissioned. The pricing provided in the contract is for the quilt alone. Shipment costs of the final piece, installation fees, designer/architect fees, etc. will be additional, (unless agreed to at contract signing), and will be added to the total price, and is due on delivery.

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