Friday, June 21, 2013

Hello Everyone,

I may be good at art quilts, but my (lack of) ability to post on a blog is a challenge!  I'll get the hang of it.  I live in Rochester, MN and describe my work as Pieced, Appliqued, Felted, Beaded, Hand Stitched, Embellished, Quilted, Machine Stitched, Raw Edges, Finished Edges, Framed, Unframed, Serious, Whimsical, Huge, Small, Simple and Complex.  That "explains" my fiber artwork and why my theme will be: "All Over the Map."

I learned to sew at an early age when my mother taught me how to sew a dress.  Sewing led to knitting, embroidery and quilting.  I owned a quilt shop in the late 70's to 80's, lectured and taught quilting in the Midwest and judged quilt shows.  I'm picky about workmanship and I like the statement "good technique is invisible."

At my home you may find me dyeing fabric, working on a contemporary quilt design or combining paper, silk and embellishments for a framed work.  Frequently I indulge in "Fiber Play."  I love to look for special fabrics and
consider the day a success if I stumble across a spool of unique thread of beautiful piece of fabric.  I have small bedroom for sewing and a laundry room for dyeing which are both (of course) filled with supplies.

Bright colors and bold patterns are at the heart of my quilted works, as in this piece "Sumac Suite."
I love the challenge and rewards of commissioned work.  My smaller fiber play pieces require the viewer to look closely to discover the materials, stitching patterns, texture and embellishments.  I enjoy the entire process of creation from the initial flash of an idea to completing the last stitch.  I've been known to rotary cut a "disaster" piece into tiny pieces and escort it to the wastebasket.