I started this blog/website about over a decade ago when I embarked on mosaic work, creating functional pieces and architectural works for clients.
Since then I have evolved into sewing and quilting. I think you’ll agree–once you see some photos–my quilt piecing style is mosaic-like in spirit.
My mom is a fine seamstress, and so I inherited a love of fabric and creativity, and have been gradually finding my own artistic voice. My first quilt was a king-sized creation fully designed, pieced, and quilted by me–on a small domestic machine. I don’t let a big project deter me; I had a vision, learned what I needed to learn, and let my intuition guide my choices to incorporate traditional piecing and improvisation. I still think it’s my favorite quilt!
In bringing any creative work from dream to concrete reality, I thrive on the interplay of working with one’s hands, imagining what could be, solving problems creatively, and honoring the heritage and unique tools of the trade. I sense the legacy of my family–a quiltmaker, a steelworker, farmers–people who worked with tools to create durable, useful, and beautiful items for their communities.
My artist’s mindset interacts with who I am as an educator and leader:
- I see the big picture AND the details that are required to make the vision a reality.
- I backwards plan with the end in mind, but adapt and adjust when something goes wrong. I don’t let mistakes stop me.
- I welcome new ideas as they occur during the process, which sometimes means the original path evolves into something new.
- I want to make beautiful, practical things for people–not fragile, breakable things that one can never touch.
Join my email list or contact me if you are interested in a quilt. From wall-hanging size to king-sized, I’m especially interested in creating a work for you that has personal meaning to mark life’s memories. I don’t send a lot of emails, just fyi.
Soon, I will also be certified to teach Color Confidence for Quilters, and will be available for bookings for presentations and workshops.