The cloth comes from a variety of cast-off wool garments, carefully deconstructed, then washed and dried. It is cut and placed to form a simple yet effective surface that allows the cloth to make a statement. The pattern for the “Western Brands Quilt” was inspired by a very old linoleum floor in my kitchen. Other patterns are traditional i.e., “brick wall” or “nine-patch” always leaving a canvas for the quilting stitches and the embroidery.
Each quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted; sometimes with hand embroidery embellishments.
This is my first attempt to add appliqué shapes to a wool quilt. This “split quilt” is embellished with Mother of Pearl + leather buttons.
My initial design concept was inspired by the “button blankets” of the Northwest Coastal Tribes of the mid-19th century. However, while keeping the tradition of the borders and buttons, the remainder of the quilt became something of my own as I brought it into the 21st century.
60” x 48”
Crazy Bed Quilt
The combination of the simple squares, rectangles and crazy quilt pattern brings this functional piece into the 21st Century.
The fact that the wool is so malleable and can be pieced either in straight or curved lines makes this technique work. The textures and soft colors of the wool give this quilt a very comfy yet contemporary look. It was included in the 2009-2010 exhibit: Still Crazy at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and was the only contemporary piece included in the exhibition.
Western Brands Bed Quilt
There is a very old linoleum floor in my kitchen and it inspired me to make a block design that I then repeated nine times. I have always been interested in “western type brands” and after doing some research, used some traditional ones and some that I created myself. The B with the legs is a “running B”.
The horseshoe motif appears here as a decorative element on a distinctly functional quilt. The very traditional nine-patch design is well suited to showcase the cloth while the diamond quilting pattern echoes the geometry of the patchwork.
“Stair Steps” or “Brick Wall” has always been a favorite pattern: simple yet effective and still it allows the cloth to make a statement. The simple “x” quilted in each corner serves to hold the piece together in addition to making a decorative design. The embroidery brings extra texture and color to the whole piece.
Red Cross Quilt
A variety of reds and textures makes this a truly original design. The embroidery enhances the “red” of the squares.
48" x 72"
Stars are symbolic in many cultures and may have political, mystical or magical significance. I simply like the graphic element of a star and so use it as such in my work.
48" x 72"