I began quilting over 20 years ago. I have made over a hundred quilts during those years, from traditional to art quilts. I also provide long arm quilting services and custom quilt design and completed the work necessary for certification to teach the Art of McTavishing.
During the month of October in 2009, I took on a challenge to try my hand at a new quilting technique for every day of the month. Dubbed 'Quiltober,' I learned alot, found new techniques I enjoy, those which I can live without and blogged about the experience. Check out my experience here to see what happened.
I enjoy donating my time providing long arm quilting services for charity quilts including those made for Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, WA. The children can choose a quilt and keep it, providing them warmth and the knowledge that, even if they are ill and far away from home, there are people who care for them.
So many projects, so little time! I am not allowing myself to buy any more quilting fabric or patterns until I finish some of the ones I have already started. I made this rule today, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM. Let's see how long I last.
I won two ribbons in this year's Block Party Quilters Show! A second place in wearables/home accessory for my Alaska table runner and a first place for medium sized pieced quilts for my Bird of Paradise. It was my first foray into paper piecing. It was also my last. This is an early Judy Niemeyer pattern. I changed the border pattern in favor of a machine applique' of plumeria blossoms. The quilting was done on my long arm machine.
This is my new Halloween quilt. I got it done just in time to hang it for Halloween and am now taking it down in favor of my Christmas quilt. This is a Crabapple Hill design for patchwork and hand embroidery. All of the embroidery was done by hand with black floss on a white background. It was quilted on my long arm machine.
This is my Christmas Baltimore Album quilt that hangs in my entry way at the landing on the stairs. It was a Block of the Month quilt from Pearl Perriera (P3) Designs. It was machine appliqued and quilted on my long arm machine. If you look closely you will see lots of detail in the applique and the quilting. This quilt took me a year to complete and I am actually astonished I finished it so quickly!
The gallery below contains photos of the Zion Collection, created in 2013. I collaborated with watercolor artist Suze Woolf, using her original art work created during her time as artist in residence at Zion Canyon National Park. The recurring theme was the power of water and how it carved the canyon. Different mineral deposits and types of rock add beautiful texture and color. I used photo transfer and played with scale to create the quilts. All quilts are heavily quilted to add dimension and texture. For information regarding exhibiting the collection or if you are interested in purchasing, contact me.
Gallery of Quilts
Below is a sample of some of the quilts I have created. One of the quilting genres I enjoy working with are wholecloth quilts. These are quilts that are either one color (usually white) or dye-painted. Two of my wholecloth quilts, Wholecloth1 and Wholecloth2, were shown at the La Connor Quilt Festival at the La Connor Quilt & Textile Museum in La Connor, WA, an internationally judged and juried quilt show. Wholecloth 3 won 3rd place in small art quilts at the Road to California show in 2013. Believe it or not, Fierce!, the ostrich quilt below, is a whole cloth quilt. It was dye painted and thread painted. With the exception of the borders, no piecing was done. If you like what you see and would like to commission a quilt, or if you are interested in a quilt that is currently available, send me an email.
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