Category Archives: Techniques

Rusting Away 12 X 12′s

Here is a series I worked on a few months back, the Rusting Away Series.  They came after the little sample sketches I showed here previously. I really like the layering of materials and techniques, adding paper and paint in addition to fabric and leaving batting edges showing.  I also like sense of not knowing where the piece is going at the beginning.


I donated #1 to the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction, but the other two are still [...]

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Small mixed media collages with stitch







I’ve been playing with mixed media collage on small 6″ x 6″ squares–using leftover prints, painted papers, paint, and stitchery. The goal is to practice loosening up, to develop ideas for a new series in larger quilts, while having the freedom to “try anything” because it is only 6″ and is using primarily leftovers.  It is also a good place to learn whether techniques work or not, as with painted deli papers applied over fused fabric scraps.  

I love the freedom [...]

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Carnival to open at Visions Art Museum October 21, 2017

I am again proud to have my work appear with 36 other wonderful quilt artists at the Interpretations: Conversations show at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. The show runs from October 21 through January 7, 2018.

This quilt is part of my Diagonal Thoughts Series in which I am exploring the shibori-like stripes made from water ripple photos.  I am treating them like surface designed fabrics which I cut in strips and rearrange in various ways.

Carnival [...]

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“Purple Rain” to appear at the Dairy Art Center in Boulder, Colorado

Purple Rain 59″ x 29″

Purple Rain, one of my newest quilts, is being exhibited at 75: New Art Quilts at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado.  Judith Trager is the featured artist with 40 of her art colleagues in a display of all new work.  

Here is a detail view:


And here are some in progress shots:


You can see one of the silk prints from which the diagonal stripes were cut, as well as how [...]

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Design Play for Next Quilt Series


I’m spending time making studies of possible quilts for the next series. I think it is still going to be water themed. I have so many interesting water textures, reflections, and water line arrangements I would like to use, and they go well together, sometimes contrasting and sometimes more in harmony.  I am exploring rhythms and line qualities as well as secondary more subtle imagery that appears when you deconstruct the photo-related design. I have played [...]

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What I’m working on

Collage Study 1

I do  many collage studies before I start a new large quilt.  I print the altered photos on good Epson matte paper and cut, layer, and glue.  This gives me freedom to try lots of different things before I commit to digital ink and yards of silk.

Collage Study 1 is most like the 4 quilts I did last year that will be seen in upcoming shows, Art Quilt Elements 2016 and Fiberarts International 2016 and others…..and thus [...]

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Reflection/Ripples Installed at Valencia campus of UNM



In early November I finally saw one of my digital quilts installed as part of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program. It had been 10 months since I was first notified of the purchase. Reflection/Ripples was one of my first quilts with water reflection imagery….and one of my best in my opinion.


Reflection/Ripples 2008 Valencia campus of the University of New Mexico


 Here are a couple of detail views and some installation views.  The grass reflections are emphasized with [...]

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Digitizing Paintings for Art Quilts

Original Painting Design on Paper


I have been exploring the making of painted designs for printing on silk to use in quilts.  This one came from my online class with Jane Davies on Sketchbook Practice.  The original painting is done with acrylic paints on 9 X 12 cheap but nice white sulphite drawing paper from Dick Blick.  It was done, not as a finished composition, but one to be cut up and collaged in different arrangements.








In the [...]

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Why The Moon…SAQA 2015 Benefit Auction






Why The Moon mini quilt 12″ x 12″ SAQA Auction 2015

This is the quilt I have donated to the Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction this year.  It can be seen ( 5th row Second Group) along with other donations and rules of the auction here.



 It was produced as part of a painting series I did earlier this year. I have been painting with [...]

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Liquid Sunset appears at Quilt National 15


First time seen anywhere! 

Because of Quilt National’s rules this quilt has not appeared in my blog or on the website, even though I created it last summer.  It is one of the first ones in the series using the line patterns from waves and ripples in a pond in an almost shibori-like way.  I changed colors but not much else. One print has some other imagery combined as a second layer creating subtle shadowy effects.  The color changes are more [...]

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