In 2001 I started working on a series called “Rebuilding the Wall on my Terms” It is a series of ten art quilts about creative spiritual recovery. The fifth quilt was an intense subject matter and very technical. I was looking for something fun to do after I finished this piece. I started to play with painting fabric and then dying. I liked the results and started to stitch on the painted fabric with the built-in decorative stitches.
In 2004, using the layered fabric painting technique (I discovered) and my decorative stitch thread painting technique, my “Fantasy Garden” series was born. I gave myself plenty of time to explore, play with the machine and to allow for mistakes. Some were dismal failures, but I learned from them anyway. This is a whole cloth process with everything is layered on the foundation fabric and built up from there. I call this style of work abstract realism. The abstract part will free you up to just go with the shapes. The realism will bring in a element of reality. There is also a funky element and when you put this together it creates a very fun style with a layering process from start to finish.
Currently I am a full time fiber artist, author and teacher. I sell my art quilts in many gallery’s throughout the U.S.. I have been published in several magazines. I have appeared on several quilt related T.V. shows. I teach my technique at quilting stores and quilting guilds throughout the United States. I have also authored three books on my decorative stitch thread painting techniques and I am still learning everyday in my studio.