In my family, all the women quilted and were familiar with the sewing machine. I grew up with fabric, quilting frames, yarns, embroidery, and crochet all around me. My mother taught me everything…and I proudly knitted blankets and made layettes for my babies. As the years went by, I acquired quilts from both sides of our family. I have quilts made by three grandmothers and two great mothers.
Much later, after college and kids, I again was drawn to quilting. I started making very traditional quilts. I took classes wherever I could, and learned from some wonderfully gifted quilt artists. I gradually explored new techniques…and became fascinated with color and texture. I found I could adapt a traditional quilt pattern to my wonky sense of color and achieve a non-traditional- traditional quilt. I love to combine unlikely colors and textures, add beading, and found objects in ways that create a surprise element for the viewer.
This year I have been working on my Quilt Journal…a journal of fabric art, where I make an 8.5" x 10" quilt each week. Artist's Trading Cards (ATC's) have been a way to combine all I love on a very small format, 2.5" x 3" (see both of these in the Other Projects section of My Work page). My love of color and texture has also led me into other areas such as collage, sketching, journaling, and watercolor painting.
I am inspired every day by the beauty of the place where I live, the Pacific Northwest. Being a city girl all my life, I am finding endless delight and inspiration in the birds, ocean life, boats, flowers, trees and mountains that surround our home on Camano Island in the Puget Sound. And yes, I do love the rain, because it is a reason to stay inside and create.