I’m pleased to show you some of my improvisational piecing creations! Click on any of the photos to see more details. I encourage you to come back often to see what’s new!
The Sandia mountains are named for their color with Sandia meaning watermelon in Spanish. The National laboratory that employs many electrical engineers is also named after this mountain. This art piece puts both the colors of the southwest and electronic components together to tell about this beautiful area. This piece measures 27 x 10.5 inches.
I love those old crazy quilts using the rich lush fabrics and laces and embellished with lots of hand stitching. This is a more modern and less fussy design of an old fashioned crazy quilt. I used velvet fabric that I embossed, linen, and embellished the results with beads and hand stitching. This piece measures 27 x 27.5 inches.
The large road cuts through the Kansas Konza prairie are fascinating in many aspects. On first glance one might see the road cuts as an injury to nature, yet the fact that the highways connecting the cities in Kansas let me travel easily and reveal a beauty that otherwise would remain hidden to the human eye. The layers of rock show unbelievable colors and textures and the trees that eek out a life in the harsh environment of rock, road salt, and the Kansas winds are a testament to perseverance. The road cut is made from cottons, linen, silks and burlap; the tree is constructed with twisted fabric, cheesecloth, and copper wire. This piece measures 43.50 x 35.75 inches.
So many times a person's dreams are set aside in life -- times like when we have to care for a sick loved one, do things with and for our children, or when we take time to be with a friend in need. Sometimes, I think the dreams of doing what I really want to do are gone, but like this eclipse, they are not gone, they are just partially hidden; yet, somehow our special dreams still shine through. This art piece reminds me to never give up my dreams, for they still are there. This piece measures 16 x 21 inches.
I made this quilt on commission for a nonprofit organization that helps people living in poverty to work on personal and financial management skills. Their philosophy is to make \"circles\" of support around these persons. I included the hand-embroidered words and the \"believe\" bead to further tell the story of this organization.
This is a "second chance" quilt, and we all need second chances! I made each of the small one-inch squares from an art piece that was just not working out, so I cut them into small pieces, arranged them, stitched them down and decorated with buttons. Now these former failures are given a new life and have become the art piece they were meant to be! This piece measures 7 x 9 inches.
Making changes and/or decisions is a difficult task; I get confused and my brain gets full of all kinds of ideas. This piece really evolved as I was making it. It started with a piece of pink silk fusion and a background I constructed for it. After it sat out on the design wall for a few days, I noticed that it just kept looking like fresh-from-the-beauty-shop hair. I had been contemplating my hairstyle and was not sure that I wanted to continue with the same style; that inspired me to draw Harriet's unsure face to match my feelings. Harriet is my reminder of how difficult making a decision to invoke change can be. This piece measures 34 x 28.5 inches.
This wonky window design in pinks, blues, and browns reminds me that we often make judgements of others without knowing the full story; just as we can only catch a small glimpse of what is inside a building by looking into a window. This piece measures 27.5 x 13.5. I have donated this piece to Smoky Hill Public Television for their Spring 2014 fundraiser.
It is both important and fun to explore all possibilities; in fact, that is the basic way we all learn -- from the time we are born until the day we die. One of my greatest joys in doing my art is to ask the question, “What if…” as I work on every new piece. When I made this piece I explored and asked many “what if” questions. This piece measures 16 x 11.5 inches.
The cool blue and green colors with small specks of white remind me of the wonder of hiking up to a waterfall and wondering at the awe and power of the moving water. The ever present noise and the feel of mist on my face fill me with the wonder and beauty of the earth on which I live. This piece measures 14 x 9 inches.
There is nothing like a sunrise early in the morning. The pinkish glow of the sun gives the world a fresh new look, and it is all the more true in a garden; it seems like the sunrise offers promise for the new day. I used a piece of my own discharged purple fabric and added cotton batiks and linens for this wall hanging. This piece measures 26 x 25 inches.