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 a lot, 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.
The weather is cooling and that's when quilting heats up. I'm busy with my longarm customers' quilts as well as working on quilts for the annual Block Party Quilters quilt show in Issaqah, WA. If you're in the area the first weekend of November, be sure to stop by and see the beautiful quilts. Here's a link to the pertinent information.
I'm also experiencing a creative surge trying to work through my stash. No more new fabric until I get through my stash of panels. This might not sound challenging, but I want to ensure that the quilts aren't simply just panels with borders so I've been designing different settings with a modern vibe. Check back to see what I come up with. I'll give you a little taste. Here's a quilt I designed using 2 panels featuring sunflowers. It will be shown at the quilt show and is available for purchase.
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.
Awards and Certifications