I have worked with a needle and thread since a young child. I have always done one kind of sewing or another, so, when my sister introduced me to quilting about twenty years ago, I was ready to try it. When I actually sat down at her quilt frame and began to hand quilt, I was entranced by the rhythm and quietness — the meditative quality of hand quilting.
Like most quilters, I started by making traditional bed quilts. In 1996, I took a 5-day class with Ruth McDowell, which completely changed my direction in quilting. She showed me that any design that I can draw, I can sew. So, since then, I have been making art quilts. I love nature. I love sewing, I love fabrics. In my quilts I can put the three together into beautiful, interesting, original art — a piece only I can make.
My inspiration is usually from nature — either a photograph or an original drawing. The strong colors and bold designs of flowers, fruit, vegetables and trees give me the inspiration for much of my work. I use fabric inks and thread painting to heighten the realism. I often make a machine pieced background with a hand appliquéd design over it. I enjoy hand quilting but, occasionally, find machine quilting more appropriate. My original designs are completely worked out on paper before beginning to sew, so that I can achieve the precise, well-constructed results that please me.