This quilt was made for the exhibition "Blossoming Ukraine" NadelWelt in Karlsruhe. I really love the application and I wanted to show with this technique how beautiful the nature is at any time of the year in my country. All appliqué with open cuts, it was difficult, but interesting to do.
I began this quilt in a "Fabulous Facades" workshop with Gloria Loughman. It's based on a photograph that my daughter took while living in Valparaiso, Chile. I love the primary colors of the buildings, the strong shadows, and all the details of the plants and laundry.
Creating and attaching all the little 3D laundry items was probably the biggest challenge on this quilt. I used several different kinds of fabric, treated to reduce raveling, but still be somewhat drapeable. In the end, I discovered that cotton knit underwear was probably the best fabric for this, so I sacrificed some older pairs to the cause! I also used designer samples of real curtain fabric for the window coverings.
"Valparaiso Rowhouses" will be on display at the 2017 Pacific International Quilt Festival, as well as the Junctures I exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in October-November 2017.
I am a fan of old movies. One of my favourites is To have and have not, featuring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. These portrait quilts are based on two photographs I found online. (I have unfortunately been unable to discover who took those pictures.)
The quilts have been made using raw edge appliqué. I have tried to match the quilting to the contours of the face and body. Because I find the back of a portrait quilt supremely unattractive, I use a false backing. First I quilt the three layers: portrait (top) + batting + stiff fusible interfacing. Then I iron on a false back and quilt the picture frame through four layers: portrait + batting + interfacing + false back. Add binding as usual.
Inspired by a design by Karen McTavish, I made this quilt for my son and his wife for their anniversary. He is a Tattoo Artist and wanted something to reflect his profession. It is needle turn appliqued and hand quilted.
This is a quilt based on my love for blue and white tableware, specifically delftware plates. I've always wanted a quilt that somehow incorporated my love for dishware and plates - and now I have! What do you think?
MT Memories is a mixed technique quilt. The pieced pattern was taken from a commercial pattern. I added the modified applique and some of the featured freehand quilting from patterns by Willow Bend Creations and Laura Lee Fritz.
This fabric collage depicts a dear friend's dog, Winnie. Winnie was quite a character, definitely a purple personality. This is my first fabric collage quilt, begun in a workshop with Susan Carlson. Now I look at using glue–and the reverse side of fabrics–in my quilting in a completely different way!
"Winnie" has been accepted into the 2017 World of Beauty contest at the Houston Quilt Festival.
I met Ricky in Paducah this year and bought some of his wonderful hand dyed fabrics. I have showcased a piece in this small quilt - it needs little quilting - it is beautiful! I created a shaded hexie tree to contrast with the hand dyed fabric using English Paper Piecing.
Inspired by the birth of my three grandchildren. This is raw edge applique with double layered satin stitch to represent the lead in a stained glass window. It has hand printed and photo printed fabric in it hand embroidered stitching and 3D butterflies. Using mainly batik fabric.It was entered into the Birmingham Festival of quilts this year. Although it didn't win a prize (The winner was amazing) it fun to participate which is what quilting is all about.