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Beaded Iris


I took a class with Mary Stori and learned various beading techniques. This small wall hanging is made from wool, batiks for the stems and leaves. The stone is  a geode that I attached using beads and the peyote stitch. Bugle and seed beads were used to add dimension to the quilt. The leaves are made dimensional by sandwiching "Shrink-Magic" by Jenny Haskins and using steam to shrink the petals. This quilt is 9 in  x 9 1/2 in.

Shenandoah Tree
This tree is from a photograph taken by Kristina Sword while on a motorcycle trip through the Blue ridge mountains. The tree is hand-painted using Derwent Inktense pencils and appliqued to the backgroundI then used pinking shears and created leaves from batik fabric and thread painted them on the branches. This quilt is 8 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in.  

Got Insurance?

This quilt was inspired by a photograph I got from a free photo website www.unsplash.com, I used Derwent Inktense pencils and dyed cheesecloth to create this piece.  He measures 27 3/4 in x 20 in.

Dinner is served

This quilt was inspired by a photo taken by Ken Conger.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils to paint the kingfisher and fish, then appliqued him to a batik background. He measures 16 1/2 in  x 13 3/8 in.

Jemez Mesa

This quilt was inspired by a trip to the Jemez  New Mexico.  I used hand-dyed cotton ribbon, wool roving and yarn to create the dimensions. I also used Derwent Inktense pencils to add color and dimension to the quilt.  It is 15 1/4 in x 22 3/8 in.

Someone say Catnip?



This quilt was inspired by a photo taken by Ken Conger. It is one of my favorite quilts. I used cork fabric to create dimension in the tree this great cat is hiding behind. The tiger is hand-painted using Derwent Inktense pencils and then thread painted.  I appliqued the tiger to the background, then built the tree with the cork. He measures 26 3/4 in x 32 3/8 in.

I'm parched!

This quilt was inspired by a trip to the Jemez New Mexico. I made the horns out of Alpaca wool needle felted onto muslin, then stuffed with wool and stitched down onto the background. I painted the background using Derwent Inktense Pencils and created the bushes using Solvy V wash-away stabilizer, netting and thread. I then appliqued the skull to the background and thread painted details.

Sequoia Snow
 
This quilt was inspired by  trip out west. We stayed in the National park and woke to this misty snowy scene. I used wool roving,  and netting to create the dimensional clouds, then thread painted the trees onto the background. I used Derwent Inktense pencils and Tsukineko pearl ink to create depth in the trees and the mountains. This quilt measures  17 1/4 in x 21 1/4 in.

Bodie Truck
We visited an abandoned mining town in the Sierra Nevada mountains and took many photos, one of which inspired this truck. I used Derwent Inktense pencils and metallic Tsukineko inks to create this quilt that has been claimed by my husband.  The grass in front of the truck was thread painted on Solvy V stabilizer and thread painted on. The frame was made using Bosal foam to add a stiffness, creating a realistic frame.

Basking in Love


This quilt was inspired by a photo taken by Ken Conger. The look in the baby orangutan's eyes just captivated me.  The dimensional Leather hands were  challenge for me and my sewing machine.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils and wool roving to create this quilt.  This wall hanging measures 21 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in.

Waterfall Mesa

This quilt was inspired by a trip to the Jemez New Mexico.  I used yarns and wool roving to create the trees and bushes.  Derwent Inktense pencils helped create dimension in the mesa.  I used Setacolor opaque fabric paints for the sky. This quilt measures 17 1/2 in x 20 5/8 in. 

Let it Grow

This quilt was inspired by a painting done by Tony Abetya, a well known artist from New Mexico. The owners, K. Halstead and C. Brinkman provided pictures as a reference in making this queen sized quilt.  Over 35 different fabrics were used as well as Derwent Inktense pencils to create color and dimension. Each element of this quilt was hand drawn and appliqued.

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