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As a girl in rural Nebraska, I had an abundance of humble materials - dirt, mud, sticks, corn and trees.  Holes in the dirt became houses to be decorated and my mother's sewing scraps became doll clothes.  A grandmother who quilted and mother who sewed were integral to my love of textiles.   

In recent years, I moved from traditional quilting to art quilting, using my own photography to create a mix of visual and tactile approaches to interpret a story through fabric.  Although largely self-taught, early classes in Color Theory and Interior Design were useful.  My foray in my twenties into oil painting was also instrumental in my education in color.

Although I never aspired to be a teacher early in my life, I found that teaching quilting, my passionate adventure in color and textiles, was personally inspiring to me.  I now teach only what challenges me or as a wonderful social outlet with dear friends, existing and new.

I now live in Arizona with my dear husband Rick, one dog and one cat.  We are fortunate in having one son, three daughters, a granddaughter and many grand-pets.

Exhibited textile artwork and awards received


  • Virginia City Miner:  2020 Arizona Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Mesa, Az., 1st Place, Pictorial Quilts; 2019 Pennsylvania Quilt estival, 2nd Place, Innovative Quilts; 2019 exhibited in American Quilters Society shows in Daytona Beach, Fla., Lancaster, Pa., Paducah, Ky.; 2019 Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, Ca.; 2018 Best of Show and People’s Choice, San Diego Quilt Show, San Diego, Ca.

  • Missouri Barn:  2020 Outstanding Artistry award, Road to California, Ontario, Ca.;  2019 International Quilt Festival, Houston, Tx.

  • The Musicians:  2019 Special Award, Induction into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame; 2019 San Diego Quilt Show, 2nd Place, Art Quilts, San Diego, Ca.; Arizona Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Honorable Mention, Mesa, Az.; 2018 American Quilters Society shows in Daytona Beach, Fla., Lancaster, Pa., Paducah, Ky.; 2018 Road to California, 3rd Place, Human Images, Ontario, Ca.; 2018 Pacific International Quilt Festival

  • Mr. Lim:  2018 Road to California, Ontario, Ca.

  • Lakeside Bridge:  2019 Arizona Quilt Guild Quilt Show, 3rd Place, Innovative Category, Mesa, Ca.; Sacred Threads Exhibition, Herndon, Va.; Northwest Quilters Expo, Portland, Ore.

  • Nebraska Rooster:  2018 Rim Country Round-Up, Honorable Mention, Payson, Az.

  • Mr. Lizard:  2018 Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, Ore.; Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival; 2017 American Quilters Society, Des Moines, Ia.; Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Mesa, Az.

The Musicians
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