After retirement as a professional educator and facilitator of learning for 37 years, I have turned my focus to creative quilting. I especially value preserving family traditions through intergenerational sharing of family stories and keep that in mind when designing quilts to share with others. I use personal memories and reflections of nature and rural life as inspiration when designing quilts. I enjoy designing with paper and pencil sketches then move to the computer to refine and determine color choices. I value quilts as an art and as a craft that connects and inspires generations to continue quilting traditions.
From first attempts to make a dress for my doll as a child, to 4-H sewing projects to teaching youth and adults to sew, I have been creating with fabric. My focus has now turned to designing and creating both traditional and artistic quilts that reflect family heritage. My pattern designs are simple enough for a beginning quilter but can challenge an advanced quilter to promote quilting connections from one generation to another. From the formation of childhood friendships to the loss of family members, quilts tell the stories of our lives and preserve family history and traditions.
Integrating creative techniques in artful quilts is a trademark of my work with fabrics. My quilts have been juried into national exhibitions and won ribbons at state and regional levels. Most recently my quilt, “Beautifully Leaves Grow Old”, was accepted in the 2017American Quilt Society (AQS) Fall Paducah show. “Blue Plate, Special” was juried into the 2017 AQS Des Moines show. The 2017 Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge selected my wall hanging, “There Is No Blue Without Yellow and Orange” for display. A perpetual teacher and learner, I am always ready to share my passion with others, using divergent thinking with creative flair resulting in unconventional quilts. The elements and principles of design, learned many years ago, continue to serve me well, whether creating traditional, modern or art quilts.
In 2015 I made a monthly memory quilt to brighten my mother’s room at the care center. Each small wall hanging was based on a single block that recalled a memory that we have shared as a family. In 2016 I designed a block of the month resulting in a large family legacy quilt. In 2017 I was on a roll but Hurricane Harvey broke the momentum and I have finished few things, 2018 will be more productive!