My art is more than Art Quilts, it’s an emotional journey filled
with pleasant memories. I have had a fascination with fabric for
quite a few years. It started with me helping my mom recycle our
worn out clothing in to fabric pieces for a bed quilt. She
taught me how to remove waistbands from skirts and pants and
square off the fabric in preparation for the quilts. We had a
jar for the buttons and a bag for the zippers. I at the time was
not interested in constructing the quilt; I found satisfaction
in the preparation work.
My mom made quilts by hand because she did not have a sewing
machine plus she didn’t know how to use one. I tried the needle
and thread bit but was turned off by the constant pricking of my
fingers. I learned to sew by machine in high school and for a
long time made my own clothing.
When my grandfather purchased me my first sewing machine I was
able to teach my mom how to use it for sewing. But it was not
until I was an adult with 4 children of my own that I enrolled
in art school and learned how to enhance fabric with dyes and
With the early training with my mom and my high school sewing,
plus what I learned in college, my art quilts began. Although
fabric is not my only medium of art, it is my first love.
I enjoy the entire creative process of telling a story with the
fabric. My ideas come to me in dreams and from talking to people
or listening to a favorite song, etc. In essence I draw ideas
from my every day existence.
When I create specifically for someone other than myself, I want
to hear their story, so that I can get an emotional feeling of
what it is they really want. I try to marry their ideas with my
creativity to create a one of a kind art quilt that is just for