I am an avid quilter, who enjoys suffering from a serious fabric addition! I’ve been sewing since I was 12, having inherited my love of quilting and the needle arts from my Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors. Inspired by their work, I started quilting over 40 years ago. I began to explore innovative ‘surface design’ techniques in fiber and to incorporate them into my quilts in 1997, and this journey led to my creating “Art Quilts.”
Each piece starts as an original acrylic painting on a canvas of cotton fabric, to which borders, batting, and backing are added. Raw edge piecing adds texture, while free-motion thread sketching with my sewing machine enhances detail and color. Stitching through the layers creates highlight on the loft as well as subtle shadows in the valleys. Using brightly bold colors or softly muted shades, I love to interpret the beauty that I find in nature. From a distance, my art quilts appear to be traditional paintings; the fact that they’re actually quilts made of fabric isn’t obvious until the viewer gets closer.
Traditional quilting always provided for me a wonderful escape from the stresses of everyday life. My art quilts do that as well, but because they also give me the opportunity to recreate images I see in the world around me, I strive to capture and convey a sense of nature’s peace in my work.
Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Exhibition, Instruction