I have been quilting about 14 years. I feel like I’ve spent most of those years putting tools in my toolbox and I’m just hitting my design stride. I have a background in fine art, and came to quilting as a painter. I have always had a “whatever works” attitude about making things. I approach each quilt almost as an engineering problem. How can I use what I have to make what I don’t have? How can I get this vision in my head out into the world? Necessity is often the mother of my inventions.
I am very comfortable mixing traditional hand techniques with machine techniques, hand applique with fusible, hand dyes with commercial fabrics and batiks. I caught the hand applique and hand quilting bug bad about five years ago. I love the portability of hand sewing and I will often choose to use handwork over machine work because I can get it done faster by taking it with me.
The other big part of my life is being an educator. I have homeschooled my kids for seven years, and have years of experience teaching in various capacities (private classes, homeschool co-ops, and UU religious education classes). I have written a large part of the curricula I use to teach. As my children grow older and more independent, I am able to prepare these curricula for sharing with the larger educational community, and take on more classes and private lessons in fine art and craft.