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Width: 12" Length: 12"

Made for the 2008 Breaking Traditions Art Quilt Exhibit
Guidelines stipulated that quilts submitted for the exhibit should focus on the positive influence of individuals or organizations that are doing good in the world. I chose Ami Simms and the AAQI.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Ever since I started working with Ami Simms on the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, I have had trouble expressing my appreciation for all she is doing. Then I got an email one day from Lisa Throneberry, another $1000 Promise participant and I immediately got permission from her to use her words – it says it all. “When I think about Ami Simms, I realize how one person can change the world. They don’t have to do it all themselves . . . they just have to light the spark and allow others to help it burn brightly.” Thanks, Lisa! I couldn’t have said it better!

This piece was constructed on a fabric paper collage of all the Priority Quilts I have donated to the AAQI. This collage was covered with a piece of organza. The letters are Grungeboard, the words are stamped, shaped brads, sewn and painted for a true multi-media look. The flowers are paper, the branches are Grungeboard. The piece is backed with purple sequined fabric, with fast turn triangles for eventual wall hanging.

Width: 17" Length: 22"

A Page from My Book:
Journal Quilts 2007 ¦ Journal Quilt Project

Creative Quilting techniques used: copper tape (p. 11); background made using layers of threads, sheers (p. 45); organic shape free motion quilting (p. 67); straight line fill quilting (p. 81); free motion quilting in jagged shapes (p. 62).

My Journal Quilt tells the story of the mythological Three Fates or Moirae.
Clotho: spins the thread of life.
Lachesis: measures the thread of life.
Atropos: cuts the thread of life.
The Fates were supposed to appear three nights after a child’s birth to determine the course of its life.

Quilting behind Clotho is rounded organic shapes. Quilting behind Lachesis is straight lines. Quilting behind Atropos is jagged edges. Figures are made with Etal, dressed in cloth. The thread of life that connects the three figures is twined gold and silver fibers. It begins on the spindle in Clotho’s hands and then falls to Lachesis who measures it and lets it fall into a coil in the lower right hand corner, where it is taken up by Atropos for cutting.

Width: 33" Length: 29"
I made this quilt for my big brother (finished in December, 2006) as a Christmas gift.
This year was his second Ride to the Rockies trek and I wanted to commemorate his achievement!

By Edgar Allen Poe
Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long, singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old - this knight so bold,
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found, no spot of ground,
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength, failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow.
"Shadow", said he, "Where can it be
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the Mountains of the Moon,
Down the Valley of Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride," The shade replied,
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

Whole cloth (poly/cotton knit) with cotton borders, binding and backing. A quilter wouldn't normally choose to use a knit, but the piece just said "mountains" to me, so I used it. I made the actual mountains with organza, painted and heavily free motion quilted - with liquid beads sprinkled across them as snow. The "sky" is free motion quilted in silver metallic thread. The road is painted corduroy. The tree line is fiber and the large tree is painted peltex heavily quilted and embellished with fiber branches. Click here for a close up.

Width: 24" Length: 27"
I made this quilt for my little sister (finished in July, 2006) as a birthday gift.

Whole cloth (cotton), painted. Free motion machine quilted. Quote is inkjet printed and transferred. Crystals added to simulate stardust particles Click here for a close up.

Width: 20" Length: 22"
I made this quilt for my little sister (finished in May, 2006) to commemorate the birth of her daughter Grace Angeline.

Whole cloth (cotton/linen blend), painted. Tree leaves were made using the snippets technique. Fairy was made using a suede-like upholstery fabric, with angelina wings. Click here for a close up.

Width: 30" Length: 38"
I made Hi Mom! for my brother - Christmas 2005. He had hiked Half Dome in Yosemite and a friend got this great picture, which he named Hi Mom - so I borrowed the title.

Whole cloth (dupioni silk) dye painted. Rocks were drawn and colored with Caran d'Ache Neocolor crayons, then thread painted and quilted separately on another piece of beige silk and appliqued on. Figure was printed from the original photograph and fastened to the piece when finished. Background has been highlighted with Jaquard fabric paints and Neocolor crayons in places. Click here for a close up.