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art quilts



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

I think of these art quilts as large-scale open books, each with pages and a binding.


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



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; Chehalem Cultural Center; Wailoa Center; Internation Gallery of Contemporary Art; Pratt Museum; Visions Art Museum; Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History


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?


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
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, Guns: Loaded Conversations


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, 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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