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The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure. —Studio Art Quilt Associates

Quilting snuck up on me. I made my first quilt when I was thirteen and dabbled more as our family needed coverings for our beds. My process took a turn five years after my young son died, and I letterpress printed a poem on cloth to heal. I ripped the material—as one does in mourning—and layered and sewed it. What was this thing I had made? I now know it is called an Art Quilt.

Having worked small for more than thirty years making books and cards, I find that making quilts allows me to continue to pay attention to each small part, while at the same time it enables me to work toward a much larger whole.

As a printmaker and writer, I am fascinated with marks and traces and how they become symbols for and signs of the people who were there before. Each piece functions as a page where I can print from linoleum blocks, photopolymer plates or type, and then embroider and quilt a longer text. The photographic possibilities for solar printing from my own photographic imagery appeal to me as well. I like the space between images and words where the viewer must interpret or fill in the gap, a little mysterious leap of inference.

I work in many sizes, and I've found that working with half of a twin size is perfect. It's also my height and wingspan. But even in the smaller quilts I embody the other half of the twin, the facing page, an open book.


vertically oriented with match shapes running like horizontal stripes
Matches Are Made of Trees (October 2020)
9.75"w x 20.5"h
Hand-dyed cotton, linen and velvet; woven cotton, silk organza; random threads; hand quilted with silk thread
Matches Are Made of Trees: a Quiltlet


vertically oriented reverse appliqueed quilt with leaf shapes and embroidered vine with beaded flames
The Plague. The Fire. The Fall (October 2020)
24"w x 45"h
Hand-dyed cotton and velvet; commercially dyed cotton, woven cotton; seed beads; reverse appliqué; hand quilted with variegated thread and cotton thread
The Plague. The Fire. The Fall.: New Art Quilt


vertically oriented pieced quilt with many small house shapes and large tree
Breaking Day (October 2020)
25.5"w x 45"h
Hand-dyed cotton, linen, velvet, silk; woven cotton; painted cotton with glow-in-the-dark paint; hand quilted with cotton threads
Breaking Day: Art Quilt


vertically oriented pieced quilt with embroidered spheres and one beaded sphere
Wishing Stars (September 2020)
20"w x 46.5"h
Hand-dyed and commercial cottons, linen, velvet; seed beads; hand quilted with cotton threads, and machine quilted with metallic silver thread
Wishing Stars: an Art Quilt


vertically oriented pieced quilt with squares in tree colors and textures with central larger rectangle of radial lines and patches like haze
Burn Zone (September 2020)
29"w x 42"h
Hand-dyed and commercial cottons, linen, velvet; hand quilted with silk and cotton threads, and machine quilted with variegated thread
Burn Zone: New Art Quilt


horizontally oriented pieced quilt with squares in tree colors and textures with beaded flame
Big Fires Start Small (September 2020)
19.5"w x 11"h
Hand-dyed and commercial cottons, linen, velvet, flannel, old corduroy shirt, hand quilted with silk thread
Big Fires Start Small: a Quiltlet


pieced quilt with geometric arched border and squares and scattered metallic silver lines
Rough Patch (September 2020)
15"w x 23"h
Hand-dyed cotton, commercially printed cotton, linen, velvet, flannel, metallic embroidery thread, hand and machine quilted
Rough Patch: a New Quiltlet


pieced quilt with random rectangles and tickets printed on some cloth and black border embroidered with the words a secret thorn torn halfway between truth and fear admit one
Admission (August 2020)
18.5"w x 37.5"h
Hand-dyed cotton, letterpress and commercially printed cotton, linen, silk thread, hand quilted
Admission: a New Quiltlet


pieced long and thin triangles on a black background with rectangular photo of cactus flower in lower right
Spike Spike Bloom (July 2020)
45"w x 43"h
Cotton; solar printing from original photos; hand quilted with cotton sashiko thread
Spike Spike Bloom: Art Quilt


5 appliqueed flying eagle silhouettes with rectangle beacon and embroidered poem
Aquila (July 2020)
19.5"w x 29.5"h
Hand-dyed silk, hand tie-dyed cotton; appliqué embroidery; silk and metallic thread
Aquila: Eagle Constellation Quiltlet


26 appliqueed profiles randomly facing right and left on quilt
Tell Me (June 2020)
13"w x 20"h
Hand-dyed cotton; hand stitching with cotton sashiko thread; machine quilted
What Is the Question? Tell Me: Quiltlet


appliqueed faces on quilt with vertical lines sewn across them
About Face (June 2020)
19"w x 22"h
Hand-dyed cotton; hand stitching with cotton sashiko thread; machine quilted
About Face: Quiltlet


small scrap quilt with word fragments and variety of colored triangles that form flying geese pattern
Some Birds Fly (June 2020)
19"w x 25.5"h
Scrap cotton, letterpress printed from wood type on cotton, cotton sashiko thread; hand quilted
Some Birds Fly: Quiltlet


quilt in long panels with line down center
Backbone (May 2020)
19.25"w x 45.5"h
Vintage quilt fragment; stencil, hand-dyed muslin, velvet, cotton, cotton sashiko thread; hand and machine quilted
Backbone: Art Quilt


long narrow quilt with multicolored centipede
Centipede (May 2020)
approx. 30"w x 12"h
Variety of cotton printed scraps, hand-dyed cotton; appliqué; machine quilted; ribbon
For Gideon
Centipede: Quilt-Toy for a Tot



checkerboard quilt with numbers like a calendar and tie dye like trees interspersed with photos of warning signs
Repetition of Days (May 2020)
42.5"w x 39"h
Tie dyed and solar printed from original photographs on cotton; hand-quilted with embroidery and cotton sashiko thread
Repetition of Days: Art Quilt


tiled quilt with pavement pattern embroidered and poem that reads from both sides
Six Feet Over (May 2020)
71"w x 14"h
Painted and stenciled cotton, denim, other cotton, sashiko pattern and embroidered text quilting
Six-Feet Over: an Art Quilt


falling fabric eucalyptus leaves from a few at the top to many at the bottom
Sanctuary (May 2020)
22"w x 30"h
Hand-dyed cotton appliquéd leaves with machine quilting in continuous and freeform bird outlines
For Dianne Ayres
Sanctuary: a Tabletop Quilt


small randomly pieced quilt with wavy embroidered quilting and embroidered outlines of eyes
Blue Sky Eyes (April 2020)
25"w x 17.5"h
Hand-dyed, suminagashi, and commercial cotton scraps with cotton sashiko-style quilting (rising steam pattern) and silk-embroidered eyes
Blue Sky Eyes: a Tabletop Quilt


small randomly pieced quilt with embroidered text and sewn crossed circles with leaflike pattern
Solitary (April 2020)
17.5"w x 18.5"h
Cotton and synthetic scraps with cotton sashiko-style quilting and embroidered text
Solitary: a Tabletop Quilt


quilt with vertical bars and a little bird pattern with embroidered text
Cagey (April 2020)
19"w x 42"h
Cotton scraps with hand quilting and embroidered text
Cagey: an Art Quilt


small colorful pieced quilt with variety of scraps and a few words
Heard Mentality (April 2020)
18"w x 27.25"h
Variety of hand-dyed and commercially made fabric scraps with letterpress printed wood type
Heard Mentality: a Tabletop Quilt


colorful pieced quilt with three photos of docked cruise ship from a distance
It Was Supposed to Be a Luxury (April 2020)
28.25"w x 40.25"h
Variety of hand-dyed and commercially made fabric scraps with three inkjet prints on treated cotton from altered original photos
It Was Supposed to Be a Luxury: Art Quilt


pieced quilt with colored patched surrounded by black and two photos of empty New York City subway cars
Social Distance (March 2020)
34.5"w x 47"h
Cotton and velvet with two image transfers from altered original photos
Social Distance, the Art Quilt


pieced quilt with colored patched surrounded by black and two photos of empty New York City subway cars
Magnolia (March 2020)
32"w x 42"h
Ice-dyed cotton, letterpress printing from wood type, machine and hand-quilting
Magnolia: an Art Quilt


pieced quilt with velvet
Looking for Joy (March 2020)
34.5"w x 41.75"h
Variety of velvet, cotton, silk, and linen scraps: some letterpress or solar-printed, some plain.
Looking for Joy: a New Art Quilt


pieced quilt with raven black tie-dye and sunburst stitching
Wavelength (January 2020)
28.75"w x 47"h
Hand-dyed cotton, hand-embroidered quilting with ice-dyed cotton edges
Wavelength: New Art Quilt


pieced quilt with frayed edges and triangular mirrors
Rhymes with Fray (November 2019)
57"w x 79"h
Hand-dyed cotton, hand-embroidered quilting, 50 triangular sewn mirrors, hand-stenciled, with cotton edges
New Art Quilt: Rhymes with Fray


quilt with small painting of nasturtiums and lots of stitching
Resilience (September 2019)
22"w x 26.5"h
Eco-dyed cotton, watercolor on watercolor ground, hand-embroidered quilting, cotton edges
Resilience: a New Quiltlet


quilt with stenciled crow feathers and night fabric
Don't Look Behind You (July 2019)
44"w x 78"h
Tie-dyed cotton and hand-stenciled crow feathers, hand-quilting, cotton edges
Art Quilt: Don't Look Behind You


quilt with hundreds of embroidered dandelions
Turbulent Travels (June 2019)
35.5"w x 42.5"h
Hand-dyed cotton with hand-embroidered quilting, denim edges
Turbulent Travels: a New Art Quilt


quilt with marbled fabric and stitched concentric circles
Water Music (April 2019)
39.5"w x 41.5"h
Cotton, hand-marbled cotton with variations on classical European style, with embroidery thread hand-quilting
Water Music: a Quilt with Marbled Fabric


postcard-sized quilt with letterpress poem fragment and French knots
Picking Cherries (April 2019)
6"w x 4"h
A postcard quiltlet. Letterpress printing and embroidery on machine-pieced cotton with eco-printed silk dyed with cherries
Exhibit & Postcard-Sized Quilt: Picking Cherries
Accepted for Berkeley Public Library 38th Annual Quilt Show, May 6, 2019 to June 29, 2019.


quilt with embroidered poem and mixed stitching
Everything Is Temporary (January 2019)
40.5"w x 50.5"h
Embroidery on machine-pieced, hand-dyed and resist-dyed cotton, printed cotton, brushed cotton backing
New Poem Art Quilt: Everything Is Temporary


quilt with embroidered lace lichen hanging from tree
They Must Agree (November 2018)
9.5"w x 14"h
Embroidery on machine-pieced cotton
Lichen, Moss, Art, Writing, and a Little Quilt
Accepted for Berkeley Public Library 38th Annual Quilt Show, May 6, 2019 to June 29, 2019.


quilt with fragments of text and stitching like topographic map
Undersea Colonies (November 2018)
43.5"w x 60"h
Letterpress from wood type, hand-dyed, eco-dyed, and printed cotton, machine pieced, and hand quilted with linen and embroidery threads
New Work: Undersea Colonies
Accepted for SAQA exhibition, Convergence in Cloth: Shifting Tides; a traveling exhibition, April 19, 2019 through September 30, 2021. Venues: Works/San Jose; Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum (La Conner, WA); Chehalem Cultural Center (Newburg, OR); CityScape Community Artspace (North Vancouver, B.C.) [closed]: Wailoa Center [closed]; International Gallery of Contemporary Art (Anchorage, Alaska); Pratt Museum (Kachemek Bay, Alaska); Visions Art Museum (San Diego, CA); Olive Hyde Art Gallery (Fremont, CA); Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (CA)


quilt of multicolored rectangles connected with silver threads and embroidered text
You Can Build a Bridge If You Can See the Other Side (October 2018)
33"w x 41"h
Cotton, hand-dyed and printed cotton, appliqué, machine sewn and handstitched text with sashiko thread
You Can Build a Bridge If You Can See the Other Side: New Quilt


Japanese-style patchwork jacket, front
Japanese-style patchwork jacket, back
Where Is My Home When My Home Turns Against Me? (October 2018)
62"w x 43.5"h
Letterpress from wood type, solar printed images from original photos, cotton, muslin, eco-dyed cotton, machine sewn and handstitched with linen thread
Form and New Work: Where Is My Home When My Home Turns Against Me?
Accepted for California Society of Printmakers exhibition, "Perception of Place: Works by the California Society of Printmakers & Monterey Peninsula College Printmakers Club" at Pacific Grove Art Center. September 6 - October 25, 2019. Juried by Marianne McGrath.


quilt with crow photos and text
Crows and Cons (July 2018)
42"w x 80"h
Letterpress from wood type, solar printed images from original photos on cotton and cheesecloth, denim, machine quilted and hand quilted with sashiko thread
Crows and Cons: New Quilt


crazy quilt made of denim shapes and stenciled with echinacea flowers with faces
When in Drought (June 2018)
17.5"w x 19.5"h
Letterpress from photopolymer plate, stencils on denim, sashiko thread
When in Drought


curtain quilt made of organza and house images
There Goes the Neighborhood (May 2018)
32"w x 74"h
Solar prints on silk organza, cotton
There Goes the Neighborhood: new work


quilt of cats
Mirror Mirror: Two Black Cats (April 2018)
40"w x 68"h
Solar prints, sashiko thread, family clothes, cotton, velvet; hand and machine quilted
For MRB
Mirror Mirror: Two Black Cats Quilt


quilt of words: freedom, north, liberty, moses
They Know Which Way to Go (March 2018)
21"w x 50"h
Letterpress printing from wood type, embroidery thread; hand quilted
New Art Quilt: They Know Which Way to Go
Exhibited: Richmond Art Center Members' Show, 2018


quilt of cherries and poem
Almost Cherry Season (March 2018)
30.5"w x 77"h
Letterpress printing from metal and wood type, linoleum block, reduction linoleum block; embroidery thread; hand quilted
New Art Quilt: Almost Cherry Season


quilt of pleated cloth
Conversation (March 2018)
19"w x 20"h
Scraps pleated from previous quilts. Printed from solar-dyed cloth,
letterpress printing from wood type and linoleum blocks, embroidery thread; hand quilted
Conversation: A New Art Quilt
Exhibited: Home 1: Berkeley Art Center, CA, 2018


quilt of watch parts and ears
What Are We Becoming (February 2018)
26.5"w x 59.75"h
Letterpress printing from wood type and linoleum cut in various colors, embroidery thread, cotton; hand quilted
New Art Quilt: What Are We Becoming


quilt of gears and ears
Becoming (January 2018)
30"w x 62"h
Letterpress printing from linoleum reduction cut; hand quilted
New Art Quilt: Becoming


strip quilt like ocean waves
Nightlights on the Bay (December 2017)
31"w x 51"h
Letterpress printing from wood type and photopolymer plates, hand-dyed solar prints from screen shots from www.sfbayospreys.org web camera; embroidery thread, hand-stitched text; sashiko-style hand quilting. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Golden Gate Audubon Society.
New Art Quilt: Nightlights on the Bay


strip quilt like a wing
When Birds Sleep (December 2017)
33"w x 54"h
Letterpress printing from wood type and photopolymer plates, hand-dyed solar prints from screen shots from www.sfbayospreys.org web camera; embroidery thread, hand-stitched text; hand and machine quilting. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Golden Gate Audubon Society.
New Art Quilt/Open Book: When Birds Sleep


quilt with whirley crane in the center
Sweet Osprey Dreams (November 2017)
30"w x 53.5"h
Letterpress printing from wood type and photopolymer plates, hand-dyed solar prints from photo by the artist and screen shots from www.sfbayospreys.org web camera, embroidery thread, hand-stitched text and sashiko-style quilting (waves, fish scales), patches. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Golden Gate Audubon Society.
New Art Quilt/Open Book: Sweet Osprey Dreams
Exhibited: California Society of Printmakers show at Bridge ArtSpace, 2018


quilt with words and images taken from a passport with stitching of faces
Where Is My Passport? (October 2017)
31"w x 48"h
Letterpress printing from wood type, hand-dyed solar prints, linoleum block, machine stitched drawing, embroidery thread
New Art Quilt/Open Book: Where Is My Passport?


quilt of many hands in the shape of pistols
Hand Gun (September 2017)
45.5"w x 39"h
Letterpress printing from wood type, hand-dyed solar prints, embroidery thread
New Art Quilt/Open Book: Hand Gun
Included in SAQA exhibition, juried by Vicky A. Clark, Guns: Loaded Conversations
Exhibited: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (Apr. 28-July 15, 2018); New England Quilt Museum (Jan. 15-Apr. 27, 2019); University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University (Jan. 15-Feb. 28, 2020); [cancelled due to pandemic: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England (July 30-August 2, 2020)] Purchased by University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, 2020


strip quilt with embroidered poem and imaginary angels
Seraph (the Holy Quilt) (August 2017)
40" x 68"
Letterpress printing from wood type, photopolymer plates, and linoleum blocks, embroidery thread
New Art Quilt/Open Book: Seraph (the Holy quilt)


block quilt with each letter of the words hope rants
Hope Rants (August 2017)
43.5"w x 69.5"h
Cyanotype, letterpress printing from wood type and linoleum blocks, embroidery thread
A Quilt as an Open Book: Hope Rants
Accepted for exhibition and for show card image, Regional Collective, at the Janet Turner Print Museum, California State University, Chico; Spring 2019


quilt made from denim with stitched ripples
Water & Power: Ripples (June 2017)
49.5"w x 69.5"h
Family jeans, letterpress printing from photopolymer plates, embroidery thread
Piece-Quilt-Bind—Water & Power: Ripples


quilt made from denim with pipeline shapes
Water & Power: Pipeline (May 2016)
51" x 72"
Family jeans and pants, embroidery of "pipeline" and "river" Orienteering symbols
Pipeline: A New Quilt


block quilt with various prints of trees and people Let Us Reach for the Edges (January 2016)
72"w x 48"h
Letterpress printing from linoleum blocks and collagraph on cotton cloth, embroidery thread
Let Us Reach for the Edges: Art Quilt #2



block quilt with various prints of hands and people
Strength (October 2015)
44"w x 66"h
Letterpress printing from linoleum blocks on tea-dyed cotton cloth, embroidery thread
An Art Quilt Called Strength


quilt with words and people
Act Now (2012/2015)
29"w x 27.5"h
Gesso stenciled imagery on canvas dropcloth, linen pants, sherry sack, flannel sheet, linen thread
A Quilt for the Letterpress


quilt with layers of fabric that are torn and stitched with a poem printed on them
Undone (2008)
25"w x 36.5"h
Letterpress printing from handset metal type on dyed cotton cloth, velvet, linen thread
mentioned in: An Art Quilt Called Strength



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