Quilt National 2019

I am very (VERY!!!) happy to have my piece “Tangerine Dreams” juried into Quilt National ‘19 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens Ohio. And may I say, I am in great company! As I gaze at the list of exhibitors, I see so many friends and artists that I admire. There are at least five fellow students from workshops I took when I first started out. I feel this will be an outstanding and very graphic show, and I’m so honored to be a part of it! In addition, one of my mentors will be exhibiting, the legendary Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, who I absolutely adore.

The very first time I entered was in 2012, for QN13, and to my surprise, my work “From a Seed” was accepted. I have entered the past two shows, but didn’t get in for different reasons. In 2014, I realized that my entry was going to be in a SAQA publication, so I had to withdraw it. (yikes) The second, in 2016, was a painted piece, “Fire Kachina Dances”, and it was not accepted.

This piece, which I will share only detail shots of (because I do support the element of surprise) is not very large, but I love the palette. I had been so busy with other things that I didn’t think I’d have anything to enter. However, at the last minute, I decided to push myself and finish it! The last two days were brutal as I was working 18 hours each day to finish what would normally take me a week or two. I’m not someone who enjoys the “designing process” under pressure. Now, the quilting I can do, because it doesn’t require the the same level of creativity, but it requires absolute focus. My body paid the price but I managed to finish, photograph and enter 5 hours before the deadline.

Therefore, I am super grateful that my hard “last minute” work was appreciated and chosen. I thank the Jurors, Françoise Barnes, Carolyn Ducey and Judy Kirpich, for appreciating my work and selecting it to be part of QN19!


Final night push!


Detail: Tangerine Dreams, 24” x 25”, pieced using cotton hand dyed by the artist.

Congratulations to all of the artists!

I'm a "Covergirl"...

I am honored to be on the cover of the current and final issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. Unfortunately, like so many mags before, it is out of business. While I was certainly looking forward to having a printed copy, I am grateful I made it on the last digital edition.

It was a pleasure to write the article and work with the editor, Kit Robinson. She was very professional and gave me the freedom to share and express everything that came to me at the time. If you are interested in checking it out, you may purchase and download it HERE.


Jungle Love, 2016   54"x 77"