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.