What better than a playful Red Panda to cheer your wall!! This beguiling creature has the most adorable face. What better than this cute red face peaking over a purple rock!! The fabric choices in my Red Panda pattern shows how stripes can add movement to a quilt. The variety of reads and oranges with [Continue Reading]
Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise is a flower I’ve long admired. Stately, elegant and vibrant, this blossom just begs to become a quilt. This is my version of this tropical beauty. In this pattern, I’ve used a variety of prints to create dimension and visual interest. I also like the double border that is part of the [Continue Reading]
Times Past, 2016 37″ x 34″ I love tackling different subjects in my pictorial quilts. I’m particularly fond of the shapes of boats — the sleek, curved hulls designed to cut effortlessly through water. Rowboats are simple, elegant crafts. Powered by hand using oars, they seem to beckon to a slower, simplier time. This boat [Continue Reading]
2015, 32′ x 29″, Machine pieced, free motion machine quilted Informal family photos make wonderful pieced quilts. In this photo, the little boy and his duck create an interesting pair. Seam lines resonate with and connect these two figures. The use of many different yet similar fabrics creates dimension in the boy’s jacket and pants. [Continue Reading]
Artisan Collection: Grant’s Zebra
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]
The Clackamas Iris
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.
Great Blue Heron
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
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]
I am continually amazed at the magnificent, elegant looks that can be achieved by manipulating fabric. Catherdral Window is one of the first traditional quilt patterns that captured my imagination. Folding squares of muslin yielded a textured, layered look. Easing the edges produced curves. Scraps of fabric created a lively design. I was smitten. My [Continue Reading]