This began as 3 yards of hand-dyes that were sliced and stitched before being cut and laid out in the current design. The skinny slices were added by unsewing and stitching in a contrasting 1" strip. The colors were selected for "Primary Colors" by Alexander Theroux. The "preposterous plaid' was a challenge from my Art Quilt Group.
48" x 48"
The challenge from my Art Quilt Group was to create a quilt inspired by page 125. I was currently reading "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. " . . . as red as a drinker's eye." At the same time I was inspired by "Primary Colors" by Alexander Theroux for my Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters. This eyeball was made using a 10º wedge ruler.
55" x 55"
Thriving on Chaos
It started with a collection of hand-painted fabrics from the scrap bin at Marta’s Boat in Kauai. The scraps were randomly pieced together and then hand-stitched. I really enjoy the slow process of hand stitching each unique fabric. The best part was it required a whole new set of supplies: a new thimble, heavy-weight threads in glorious colors, and a bin to store the threads
Hoochy Mama Garden
59" x 47"
Inspired by the novel "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas. Nit was drawen to the sign at Hennie's. Made using designs from "Flower Power" by Mary Lou Weidman.
Inspired by For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose. My interpretation includes hand-stitched flowers then covered with a sheer fabric.
A Veiled Affair
Inspired by "The Personal Librarian" by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. Belle da Costa was the librarian for JP Morgan.
A Song in My Heart
Inspired by the Cherrywood Fabrics "Prince" challenge.
20" x 20"
These three look great hanging together.
A Knot in My Belly
Made with leftover strata from "A Song in My Heart."
20" x 20"
Leftover Body Parts
Made with leftover quilted pieces from "A Song in My Heart" and "A Knot in My Stomach."
20" x 20"
Hyrushus: Swedish Apartment
Inspired by "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrick Backman.
60" x 60"
All the blocks are from Tula Pink’s “100 Modern Quilt Blocks” with my unique setting. Ribbons in each corner connect the blocks.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
43" x 20"
Inspired by "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens.
35" x 24"
A rectangle, a square, a triangle, and a curve. Loved this challenge.
A Red Runs Through It
27" x 27"
Made with woven blocks created in a class by Mister Domestic.
The is a whole cloth piece with extensive hand stitching and button embellishments.
17" x 21"
Inspired by “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It represents the small area of Marie-Laure’s existence. As a blind French girl in World War II, her world was as far as she could walk in her neighborhood without getting lost. This piece was started in a class with Jean Wells.
20" x 35"
Who Done It?
The initial design for this piece began as paper in a Rosalie Dace class is Sisters in July of 2014. When I curved the turquoise and black blocks, I realized I could create a question mark. “Not a Girl Detective” is a “who-done-it” mystery book.
38" x 64"
Fifty (Inches - Zero) Shades of Gray
50" x 44"
Spine of Love
14" x 28"
This piece was inspired by "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" written by Helen Simonson. The Major and Mrs. Ali spent many hours tegether enjoying their tea. Their story was one of love and family with many parallels and connections. Hand-dyed silk is embellished with pieces are sari ribbon and a hand-dyed cheesecloth. The doily was made by Auntie R'Lu. The pearls came from Mom M
7" x 9.5"
This piece was a challenge in my Art Quilt Group to apply unusual colors to a piece inspired by a photo. The fountain is at the Allerton Gardens in Poipu on Kauai.
8" x 11"
Also create for my Art Quilt Groups' challenge to apply unusual colors to a photo. This photo too was taken at the Allerton Gardens on Kauai. The blue "greenery" was make with yarn.
Have You Seen My Keys
14" x 18"
Another Art Quilt Group Challenge: make something with layers. Keys and glasses are encased under the hand-dyed cheesecloth. I always thought this piece belonged in an Ophthalmologist office.
15" x 15"
Inspired by "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. If you've read the book, you understand the significance of the pie - with 2 pieces missing. Each of the remaining pieces represents a character in the book.
This piece was made from the leftovers in a class I took with Katie Pedersen. Wasn't it lucky to find the perfect border piece in my stash.
41" x 43"
28" x 47"