Imagine yourself on a warm quiet beach where yards and yards of colorful fabric grows and then falls from the trees in an endless supply. There are no phones, no internet, no distractions, and your sewing machine works without electricity. The sun never goes down and you can quilt 24 hours a day!
This is the inspiration behind this piece, and my idea of a quilter’s utopia. I made the various elements individually and hand-appliqued them, except for the palm tree fronds which are machine appliqued. The baskets each have a hand-sewn satin stitch around the rims.
This miniature is based on my larger America the Beautiful quilt, which was based on the famous hymn by Katharine Lee Bates. Verse and chorus is free-motion quilted around the borders. The center pictorial is hand-appliqued. I subtly hand-painted the suggestion of our American flag in the sky with Tsukineko inks. Piping and a gathered inner border surround the pictorial giving it a picture-within-a-frame appearance. Dimensional, autumn aspen leaves peek out around the 'frame.'
Based on my "Color My World..." miniature, this quilt was made for the LABOR challenge by the Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine. The thought behind it is that quilters are artists, and deserve to be recognized and celebrated alongside those in other fields of work. The ‘artist’ in every quilter is evident when creating a functional quilt, or one that simply hangs on the wall for visual enjoyment. In this piece I wanted to depict the quilter and their labor of love: taking a palette of fabric and creating beautiful art.
This piece is based on a photograph taken by John Gussenhoven – used by permission. He captured an image of this robin sitting on his backyard fence copping an attitude. I’ve never seen a bird cock his head like that before. I thought it would be a fun quilt to make. It is a whole-cloth piece, hand painted, and machine quilted.
A miniature of my larger modern piece. I liked the larger one so well, I decided to make this small, miniature version. I like the clean look, value contrast, and simple lines. For some additional interest and color I made a pieced binding. It's exciting to see the modern pieces coming from the quilting community.