Art Quilt Gallery

Just Hoppin' By

Batik and commercial cotton fabrics; cotton, rayon, and metallic threads. Machine pieced, free-motion embroidered, and quilted. 1999. Made for my son, Michael, who liked tree frogs when he was 10.

Shattered Stars

Hand-dyed, batik, and commercial cotton fabrics; cotton thread and batting. Machine pieced and quilted. 2004 I learned the method for designing and piecing this quilt in a class with Lois Smith, a phenomenal teacher and quilt artist.

Pulsera

Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; polyester, metallic, and cotton threads; wool batting; crystal embellishment. Machine piecing; free-motion machine quilting; free-motion machine reverse bobbin embroidery. Inspired by the elements of a turquoise and coral bracelet, which is, in Spanish, pulsera.

Tadpoles in the Gutter

Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; cotton thread; wool batting. Machine pieced, appliquéd, and free-motion quilted.A spring deluge that lasted four days filled the streets with rushing water from the nearby creek, and left tadpoles stranded in the gutters. Recently displayed at Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC. Please contact the gallery to inquire about pricing.

Words Are My Creative Force

Machine pieced and quilted, and free-motion machine embroidered using my “Thread Sketching”© technique. Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics, batting, and thread. Hand-embellished with glass and metal beads, silk ribbon, and found objects.

that!

My 2006 entry for the Huskvarna-Viking competition, “Imagine That!” (It wasn’t accepted—bummer.) Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; silk organdy; cotton and perle cotton threads; cotton/poly batting. machine pieced using template, machine quilted; free-motion machine reverse bobbin embroidery; and free-motion machine embroidered using my “Thread Sketching”© technique.

“My mother called to tell us she has breast cancer. The quilt was pieced on a borrowed machine during trips to visit her. I completed it one day before I jumped on another plane to be with her for her mastectomy, the day before the contest deadline. Irrational, I thought, “If I get it done, my mom will be all right.” The “Thread Sketching”© portrait is of my daughter, Katie, who gets her green eyes from my mom. The quilted free-motion swirls are what I imagine the tumor looks like, only it’s less scary in thread. If the surgery goes well, and she’s ok, well, just imagine that.” (Update–She’s doing great!)

Family Extremities

Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics, threads, and batting. Machine pieced and quilted, free-motion machine embroidered using my new technique, “Thread Sketching”©.

Queen Mother— – I Don’t Wear Hats, But I’m Fine With My Tiara

The design for my quilt was taken from a photo I took of myself, but I adore the flexibility of fabric—I was easily able to remove a double chin and wrinkles, along with adding a brilliant smile. The fuschia hair shows no sign of grey, and my love of color is reflected in my complexion. My earrings dangle my passions—sewing and gardening, but the true jewels of my life are my “cute as buttons” children, Michael, Megan, Sarah, and Katie. My Judaism is represented in the Star of David charm, and is connected to my name—to who I am. I used Procion dyes on pima cotton, as well as commercial cotton fabrics, with some lamé thrown in around the kids. The children’s photos are printed on treated fabric and placed on covered buttons. Cotton and nylon monofilament threads; cotton batting; glass and metal beads. Free-motion machine appliquéd with fusible web, and free-motion machine quilted; hand embellished. Published December 2005 Quilting Arts Magazine Creative Self-Portrait Challenge, and touring with Quilting Arts through 2006.

A Ribbon at a Time

Machine pieced and appliquéd; free motion machine embroidered and quilted. Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; cotton batting; cotton and nylon monofilament threads and cotton perle embroidery thread. 2005 AWARD: Selected to travel with the Hoffman Challenge Quilt Show 2005 to 2006.

Menopausal Mango

The title for this piece was inspired by my daughters, who say the color of my nail polish is too “old lady-ish.” The form was inspired by a book I was reading about sketching the nude (ie—I didn’t use a mirror to design this quilt!) Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; rayon and cotton threads; cotton batting. Free-motion machine embroidered and quilted.

Broad Spectrum

A test piece for my new technique, “Thread Sketching.”© Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics. Machine pieced, free-motion embroidered and quilted with cotton threads; cotton batting and backing.

Frame Bender

Cotton batiks and commercial fabrics; cotton and nylon monofilament threads; cotton batting. Machine appliquéd and quilted. 2004 The pattern is an original by Jane Clark, a remarkable artist and machine quilter, who taught this quilt in a truly exciting class.

Red One, Two and Three

Hand-dyed and commercial cotton and silk fabrics; polyester thread; flame retardant batting. Machine pieced and hand-guided machine quilted. Created for the Glenwood Community Center, Glenwood, Maryland.

Worker Bee

Threadsketching, fabric painting, machine embroidery, piecing and quilting.

This quilt was featured in a segment I did on Threadsketching in the 600 series of Quilting Arts TV. Purchase a download of the segment.

Monarch

Threadsketching, machine embroidery, piecing and quilting. Hand painted fabrics.

This quilt was featured in a segment I did on Threadsketching in the 600 series of Quilting Arts TV. Purchase a download of the segment.

Queen Bee

Threadsketching, machine embroidery, piecing, and quilting. Cotton, metallic, and hand-painted fabrics.

This quilt was featured in a segment I did on Threadsketching in the 600 series of Quilting Arts TV. Purchase a download of the segment

Brood X

Threadsketching, machine embroidery, piecing, and quilting. Hand painted fabrics.

This quilt was featured in a segment I did on Threadsketching in the 600 series of Quilting Arts TV. Purchase a download of the segment.

Dragonfly

Threadsketching, machine embroidery, piecing, and quilting. Shell, nut, and beaded embellishment.

This quilt was featured in a segment I did on Threadsketching in the 600 series of Quilting Arts TV. Purchase a download of the segment.

I Get Crabby When I'm Not at Home

My husband travels for a living, and he always invites me along. I could go with him to Europe, Asia, Africa; but my favorite vacation spot is my back porch with a glass of wine, watching the birds at the feeders. Pathetic, I know. My friends think I'm nuts. But I get crabby when I'm not at home.

Cotton silk, polyester fabrics and threads; glass and crystal beads, buttons, found objects. Machine appliqued, embroidered, and quilted; hand-embellished.

6/8

Cotton fabrics and threads; Swarovski crystals, found objects. Machine appliqued, embroidered, and quilted; hand-embellished.

5/8

Cotton, silk, polyester fabrics and threads; glass and crystal beads, Hand-made ceramic cabochon, found objects. Machine appliqued, embroidered, and quilted; hand-embellished.

3/8

Cotton, silk, polyester fabrics and threads; glass and crystal beads, dyed silk cocoon. Machine appliqued, embroidered, and quilted; hand-embellished.