In 1972, a friend and I spearheaded the creation of a queen size bed quilt for a fund raiser. We used the quilt pattern “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” composed of 2,333 hexagons. This was my introduction (trial by fire) to quilt making.
My first solo quilt was made 20 years later (1992) to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. The traditional quilt block, “Log Cabin,” was combined with the then-new photo transfer process.
A workshop in 1997 with quilt artist, Nancy Crow inspired me to use improvisational processes to create contemporary quilts. This was quite a stretch for me, as I am more comfortable with precise straight lines and angles, and intersections that match. Since then, I have experimented with a wide variety of media and techniques. These include curved piecing, dyeing, stenciling, stamping, silk screening, felting, bleaching, and other processes to alter the fabric. Many of my fiber pieces are inspired by leaves, trees, and flowers. Trying to capture the exquisite colors and textures of nature's bounty in fiber is an amazing challenge. Other quilts that I enjoy creating focus on geometric shapes and whimsical themes. I love to work with bright colors and strong value contrasts.