Improvisational Piecing

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!

Sandia Sunrise

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.

China

Large gray concrete apartment buildings dominate city skylines in China, with gray skies above. Within the drab environment, the Chinese people celebrate life with bright reds and blues. This piece measures 27 x 25 inches.

Garden Door

Gates and entries into an outdoor garden always are enticing and inviting us to enter to see the wonders of nature. We have many doors to enter in our lives; some are exciting, others are difficult, but hope can always follow us into the garden. This piece measures 11.5 x 10.5 inches.

Around the Block

I recycled an orphaned block to create Around the Block. I spliced and inserted bright fabrics to create this colorful piece. It measures 22 x 33 inches.

Crazy Quilt Reimagined

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.

Kansas Road Cut

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.

Eclipse of Dreams

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.

Circles

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.

Inspiration

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.

In Celebration of Water

I love standing at a waterfall watching the power of the water, as it reminds me of the preciousness of our water and how dependent we are upon the most fundamental resource in our natural world, water. This piece measures 39 x 27 inches.

Harriet Wondered If...

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.

Can You See There Is More to Me?

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.

Dance to Your Own Music

The bright colors and music motif fabric that I used in this piece reminded me of dancing. - dancing your own way, not to conform with someone else\'s expectations. This piece measures 14.5 x 14 inches.

Explore

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.

Rethinking Nine Patch

This is another piece in which I took a conventional block (a nine patch) and inserted bright fabrics that added excitement to the piece and gave this traditional block a completely new look. This piece measures 19 x 13.5 inches.

Open Window

This is a two-panel piece created from rich blue batiks. I created this while thinking of second opportunities that people may get in life. Therefore, the words read, \"I looked once more and saw the window was open.\" This piece measures 17 x 20 inches.

Waterfall Dreams

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.

Winter Woods

This wall hanging was inspired by a walk in a wooded area in the early winter. I photographed the colors and the textures to help me choose fabric colors. It measures about 38 inches by 36 inches, including the sticks.

Winterscape

I made this winter landscape for the Volunteer Connection benefit auction. The piece measures 5 x 7 inches.

Sun and Surf

This quilt was inspired by a photo of the ocean and memories of trips to the ocean and the peace of hearing the surf wash up along the shore and watching the sun set. This measures about 24 inches by 28 inches.

Summer Reflections

The bright orange and blue colors on the grey background bring back the childhood memory of the long, carefree afternoons spent at the local swimming pool. This piece measures 35 x 32.5 inches.

Castle of the Frog Prince

These bright colors and suggestions of windows made me think of a magical castle, such as one that the fairy tale Frog Prince might have owned. It is embellished with hand embroidery and wool beads that I created. This piece measures 33.5 x 29 inches.

Zen Buddhist Garden

In ancient China, Zen Buddhists created dry landscapes with large stones and small gravel. The simplistic style celebrates shadow and texture. This piece measures 34 x 32.5 inches.

Free to Be Unique

The beaded orange square doesn’t seem to fit in the green and yellow background, yet it is that square that adds excitement to the quilt. It reminds me that unique people add spice to our lives. This piece measures 27.5 x 21 inches.

Hope in the New Day

The sun seems to be rising on a unique futuristic village in this piece, making me think of the renewed hope that each new day brings. This piece measures 19.5 x 30.5 inches.

Morning in the Park

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.

Summer Fields

One of my very first free-form quilts, which helped get me hooked on creating art quilts. I was very flattered when someone bought it because it held a lot of meaning for her.