The center pictorial is a whole cloth painting using Tsukineko pigment inks. A photograph I had taken of this beautiful magpie drinking from the birdbath in my frontyard garden became my class project with quilt artist and friend, Patt Blair.
The painting came out so beautifully I designed and made the rest of the quilt around it. My desired effect was to create the appearance of a picture within an elaborate frame.
Fabric was my 'canvas' for this wholecloth quilt. It is hand-painted using Tsukineko inks. I then heavily quilted the piece; 'thread-painting' the magpie with multiple colors, to help create visual depth and dimension.
The inspiration for this quilt was a photograph I had taken one morning of a young magpie resting and sunning himself on a fence post in my backyard.
I photographed this squirrel sitting in the birdfeeder in my garden one morning. I used the photo as a pattern for this quilt. Most of the various elements are hand-painted and fused applique with machine finished edges. The squirrel is heavily thread-painted. The lighter portion of the quilt is the driveway – located between the front garden and the sloping rock border and flower garden on the other side of the yard. I used organza to represent the clear acrylic element of the feeder.
My first attempt at a modern-style quilt. The clean, simple lines along with the contrast of color against a solid background is appealing to me. I pieced segments of color into the binding; the same colors used in the blocks, for visual interest.
A colorful celebration of God's glorious creation. Symbolically depicts nature's ability to reproduce itself. Beads around the ‘ribbon’ represent seeds. Small leaves and petals begin to form and grow in size, and finally a flower blooms which will eventually begin the cycle again. The flower head is velvet. Hand beaded. My original sketch and design. Mostly machine pieced with some hand-applique.
Originally a vertical quilt - orientation was later changed to fit the wall space in my home.
This piece is the third in a series of predominantly black and white quilts with just a touch of color. I wanted the simplicity of symbolic 'ribbons' of black and white licorice as a focal point. It was inspired by drawings of horizontally flowing ribbons in my sketchbook.
In our lives we encounter many types of outside pressures which challenge our core values and beliefs. The perception of once clear issues have seemed to become gray. Changing society and its morals can be like a raging river threatening to sweep us away along with it.
Stand strong and hold on to your faith and values in the midst of the river. This piece represents those standing firm.
I do much sketching and 'doodling' before finalizing a design on graph paper. This image reminds me of the many intersections and crossroads in our lives where we have decisions and sometimes difficult choices to make. My faith is a determining factor in these times. The piecing was a bit of a puzzle to accomplish in order to avoid seams in unwanted places. The center piece is inset.