About Me I am an art quilter working in Southern Oregon, I love new techniques, and ideas fly through my head faster than I can make them. My goal recently has been to use my original photos as the basis for my art quilts. I use them for patterns and make landscapes and floral images from them, or use them to abstract designs and textures. I work a lot in raw edge applique, as my hands are getting painful with arthritis and I can't do much hand applique, or beaded embellishment, which I love. I love to paint, print, and embellish my fabrics, using a Gelli Plate is one of my favorite things to do. When I have a challenge and all the techniques I've learned, come together to create something original and beautiful, I know my time has been well spent experimenting on all the facets of textile arts. I am a founding member of Fyber Cafe, a textile arts group here in Roseburg, Oregon. We have a wide range of talented artists in our group, and get together regularly to play and support each other.
I still love vintage fabrics, and always have at least one project going with my scrap bags, that I collected from garage sales. I have also put together a sampler from antique orphan quilt blocks. I have made all the "Dear Jane" blocks with vintage fabric, and I've started on the triangles. This connection to the roots of quilting gives me a deep sense of satisfaction.
My Quilting History I have been quilting since high school back in the 70's, I made a hand pieced, hand quilted, twin size quilt for a final project in a textiles class. Then I took a class at Albany High Night Classes with Roberta Horton, and made sampler blocks. I have always been artistic, doing embroidery on my jeans, macrame, needle turn applique, and other crafts. After a few years of making king size "Trip Around the World" quilts, cutting each square with scissors and tieing them with yarn, I moved on to making a dollhouse and most of the furnishings. Years later my Mom was making a "Quilt in a Day Log Cabin" with a rotary cutter, and I was hooked on quilts again! Wow!! How much fun are rotary cutters, I made sampler quilts again, trying many different blocks, and teaching at the local fabric shop. Then I got bored with that and started learning new techniques and playing with fabric. I taught an advanced sampler class, teaching all the new fun things I had been learning. I still love to teach classes, the moment when you get a beginner addicted to quilting is wonderful.
Art Quilting Art quilting has been my love now for quiet a while. The challenge is in exploring new techniques, new ideas, and making them yours, how to create something beautiful that has sprung from your center of being. Creating beauty is still the challenge, that I pursue day to day in my art. I make mostly small to medium size wall hangings, they are not any quicker to make as they are more intense and detailed.