Grant’s Zebra (Equus quagga boehemi) is the smallest and most abundant of 6 species of zebra that live in large herds on the African plains. Zebra are fascinating subjects for pieced quilts. The challenge, of course, is all the stripes! How does one convey the bold distinctive black and white patterning without having to piece each [Continue Reading]
This repeat block pattern is a nod to spring and the glorious fields of tulips that bloom each year here in the Pacific Northwest. Make a few blocks and you have a great wall hanging. Make a lot of blocks and a full size quilt will grace your bed!!
Stripes, 2015, 44″ by 32″, Cotton, machine pieced and hand guided machine quilted. This quilt was inspired by the Grant’s Zebras at the Indianapolis Zoo. My pictorial art quilts draw on composition, line and shape in adapting the traditions and techniques of American quiltmaking. I work primarily from images to design my quilts, balancing the [Continue Reading]
The Shooting Star (Dodecatheon dentatum) features a very distinctive flower shape. The petals are drawn back from the stamen, as if it was a shooting star. Barely an inch long, this early spring bloomer grows in wet marshy areas and along streams.
There are many unique flowering plants in the Pacific Northwest, among them is the Clackamas Iris (Iris tenuis). This rare iris has narrow petals and leaves, and can be found growing in small clearings one encounters in Douglas Fir forests. Also called a “grass iris” because their leaves grow in dense grass like clumps, [Continue Reading]
Its fun exploring the broad range of wildflowers that grow in the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding areas. Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) can be found in many areas and elevations. This straight line pattern was inspired by these “Gorge”-ous (no pun intended!!) flowers.
There seems to be an endless variety of wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. This Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a polite bird that belongs to the Auk avian family and is found along coastal waterways. Often referred to as the “Parrot of the Seas”, its curved orange beak, bright orange webbed feet, and distinctive white [Continue Reading]
Well…….yes, this is a actually a frog, not a chicken per se. This is Leptodactylus Fallax, known locally in Dominica as the Mountain Chicken. This is one of the world’s largest frogs, and thus produces among the world’s largest frog leg feasts. And, unfortunately because is it a delicacy on Dominica is now an endangered [Continue Reading]
The Great Blue Heron is my newest pattern and class. This stately bird is found in many places in North America. Check my teaching schedule for the next offering of this class!
Summer’s Smile, Helianthus (2013 521×34) Summer brings the most amazing flowers. One of my favorites are Sunflowers. They seem unlikely as blossoms, with enormous discs of seeds and vibrant petals. Their vibrancy seem to match the bright red gingham table cloths we used on picnics. Its as if they are summer’s smiles. [Continue Reading]