As a modern quilter with leanings toward minimalism, I aim for big color and simplicity in my quilts. I try to strike a balance between vivid solids and bold prints, and a serene abstract design. The result: quilts that are exciting to look at, and yet contemplative.
I like working improvisationally, not knowing how a quilt will look until it’s done. I may start with an eye-popping fabric or a color palette or an image in my mind’s eye as inspiration, and then I just start sewing. My favorite work comes out of the piecing process itself.
But I also design some quilts with blocks (Mostly Marcia #1, for example), and those often start with a rough sketch. Then I switch to an on-my-hands-and-knees approach, cutting paper shapes and shuffling them around on the floor until a pleasing composition emerges.
I am a member of the San Francisco Quilters Guild, a wonderful
SFQG sewing circle called Bee Modern, the Modern Quilt Guild (participating as an individual member) and the Studio Art Quilt Associates. I’m also blog mistress for SAQA’s Northern California-Northern Nevada regional blog.
I have exhibited quilts in my guild’s biennial shows since 2001. My quilts are regularly displayed at the Pacific International Quilt Festival and also in the Northern California Quilt Council’s New Quilts of Northern California exhibition within PIQF.
I have had quilts juried into three SAQA shows: Stitched and Layered (July 2013), the online Urban Textures exhibition (2015–2016) and On the Fringe (2016–2017), and two of my quilts have been pictured in the SAQA Journal, Vol. 26 No. 1.
I learned to sew from my mother and grandmother. As a teenager, I made many of my own clothes and later honed my skills with a gig as costume designer and seamstress for summer stock theater. Every room in our house has always boasted something homemade—curtains, placemats, doll clothes, dress-up outfits, and now quilts.
I made functional quilts for about 10 years … and hand-quilted them all! Now I make mostly mid-size and small pieces intended as wall-hangings (plus occasional bed and baby quilts), and they are largely machine-quilted.