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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.

Beyond the illusion, my quilts have something to say.  They say that every quilt has a story and that is true of my work.  I tend to start with a title (and story) and build the work from there.

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 galaxies, by physics and geometry, and by words. These themes and more end up in my work.

I came to quilting through the back door: not through art, and not through sewing, but through graph paper and a sense of architecture. My background is in civil engineering and horticulture, two very left-brained processes, and my work reflects that in its strong graphic quality.

By harnessing the power of shadows, I create light in my quilts.

Artist

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.

Teacher

Teacher

If you’re a beginner, my workshops are easy and fun. And if you’re a veteran, you’ll learn to apply old skills (like value) in a different way, and add new skills (like creating a light source and casting shadows). My goal is not that you finish the project, but that you learn something that will help you become a more confident quilter outside the classroom.

Lecturer

Lecturer

I love creating in my studio but even more, I love sharing my work with others. My lectures are funny and full of quilts. Back when we had ‘normal life’, I would bring 100 lbs of trunk show with me. In these pandemic times, my lectures and workshops are done virtually via Zoom. They still feature plenty of quilts!

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