I began quilting in 1994 at the suggestion of my daughter, Jennifer. She had made some quilts and thought I might enjoy making one too. I knew how to sew - I decided to give it a try. I had never made nor thought of making a quilt before. I bought a book to learn the basics.
This is the first quilt I ever made. Queen sized and made of upholstery fabrics - oh brother! The pattern is called "Around the World."
I was on a roll. I made bed quilts for everybody in my family - siblings, children, grandchildren, etc.
By 1999, I'd had my fill of bed quilts - I mean, how many beds does one have?! I began to design my own wall hangings. I made a number of abstract type wall hangings.
A Case of the Dizzies
It was time for me to express myself in another way...telling my story...I doubted anyone else would care, but for me it was therapeutic. Menopause - at least one good thing came of it - this quilt.
Mood Swings (2003)
After that, I began telling my story in earnest. I won't bore you with the details...you can go to my website to see more.
This piece entitled "Should I?" is one of my favorites - mainly because Jennifer posed for me. (I'm the figure in the background.) We all have a "should I" story - you know, should I leave a job (or not), a relationship, a dwelling, you get the idea...
"Should I?" (2009)
along comes 2012 and I'm invited to be part of Lark Crafts publication "Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits." It's a dream come true...I'm playing with the big kids now!
If you would like to win a copy of this fabulous book, leave a comment (with a valid email address). I will draw a random winner on July 7, 2013. Who knows - it could be YOU! Good Luck.