About Me

Colleen Wise, quilt artist

Quilting is two-dimensional medium, but I like to play with the illusion of three. My quilts have a sense of depth that goes beyond the surface. Elements seem to float above the surface or recede into the depths of the quilt. My goal is to encourage the viewer to look into the quilt, rather than just at it.

I'm inspired by walking through old cemeteries and studying the architecture of the headstones and the play of light on the granite. I tend to pull leaves off trees. I'm fascinated by the stars and planets, and I never miss an opportunity to look through a telescope. I love geometry but not necessarily symmetry. These themes and more end up in my work.

I create illusion by casting shadows, and by doing so: I create light.

Colleen Wise - Casting Shadows

Colleen is the author of Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2005).

In this book, Colleen shares her techniques for creating 3-D illusions on quilts.

  • Six different techniques from piecing to discharge
  • Five different projects, all of them easy enough for beginners

Learn how to harness the fundamentals of quilting (color, value, piecing, applique) to create a sense of depth in your quilts. Colleen will walk you through her techniques one by one. You will be amazed at the results!

 

This book is currently printed on demand. Contact Colleen if you would like a signed copy.

    Other Publications


  • Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Depth in Your Quilts by Colleen Wise (C&T Publishing, 2005)
  • Journey of an Art Quilter by Barbara Olson (Dragon Threads, 2004)
  • Contemporary Quilting by Stevii Graves and Cindy Walter (KP Books, 2004)
  • The Best Contemporary Quilts: Quilt National 2001 (Lark Books, 2001)
  • Art Quilts: A Celebration: 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs by Robert Shaw (Lark Books, 2005)
  • Quilters Newsletter Magazine, vol. 35, no. 8, October 2004: Gravity
  • Quilting Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 1, Spring 2000: “Colleen Wise—A Woman of Many Talents”
  • Quilting Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3, Fall 1999: Botanica (cover photo)
  • Quilting Today, Issue no. 56, Bob and Weave


Television Appearances


  • Simply Quilts, #1118, Trash to Treasure Challenge
  • Simply Quilts, #1104, Casting Shadows with Discharge


Major Awards and Juried Shows


2007:

  • Evolution of the Art Quilt, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA (Show Chair and Exhibitor)
  • The Sky’s the Limit, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX and traveling
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA: Second Place

  • 2006:

  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, Seattle: Third Place
  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Harrisburg, PA

  • 2005:

  • Quilts of the Pacific Rim, Myrtle Beach, SC and Honolulu, HI

  • 2004:

  • Quilts of the Pacific Rim, Myrtle Beach, SC and Honolulu, HI
  • Art Quilts on the Ridge, Phinney Ridge Community Center, Seattle
  • American Quilters Society Show, Paducah, KY Road to California: First Place
  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, Seattle: Judge’s Choice

  • 2003:

  • Gifts to Gold Mountain, Seattle Asian Art Museum
  • Pacific International Quilt Show, Santa Clara, California: Best Interpretation of Theme
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Show: Judge’s Choice, Second Place (two), Honorable Mention
  • Puyallup Valley Quilters: Viewer’s Choice, Second Place, Third Place

  • 2002:

  • Small Works, LaConner Quilt Museum, LaConner, Washington
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: First Place
  • Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, Oregon: First Place
  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, Seattle

  • 2001:

  • Quilts: A World of Beauty, International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas: Second Place
  • Pacific International Quilt Show, Santa Clara, California: Second Place
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Show: First Place
  • Quilt National, Athens, Ohio: “Solar Energy”
  • American Art Company Quilt Invitational, Tacoma, Washington: “Shadow Weave”
  • Tradition and Beyond, LaConner Quilt Museum, LaConner, Washington
  • Great Pacific Northwest Art Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: Quilting Award of Merit, Second Place

  • 2000:

  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest (Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters), Seattle “Botanica”: First Place, Innovative Mixed Techniques “Eclipse”: First Place, Innovative Applique
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Show: Third Place
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XI, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • In Full Flight, SeaTac International Airport, 2000

  • 1999:

  • National Quilters Association Show, Omaha, Nebraska Innovative Technique, Honorable Mention and Viewers’ Choice
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: First Place, Quilting Award of Merit, and People’s Choice
  • Puyallup Valley Quilters Show, Puyallup, Washington: Best of Show, Judge’s Choice
  • Great Pacific Northwest Art Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

  • 1998:

  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest (APNQ), Seattle
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: First Place
  • Great Pacific Northwest Art Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

  • 1997:

  • American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, Kentucky
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Honorable Mention, Quilting Award of Merit, and Best of Category

  • 1996:

  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest (APNQ), Seattle
  • Western Washington State Fair, Puyallup: First Place and Best of Category

  • 1995:

  • Puyallup Valley Quilters Show: First Place and Viewer’s Choice

  • 1994:

  • Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest (APNQ), Seattle