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30% off SUMMERSALE and new letterpress print edition

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Posted 7/27/15

Don’t miss out on my sale this summer in my etsy shop. Just use the code SUMMERSALE to receive 30% off of your order.

Hot off the letterpress!

The letterpress pressure print images were created on a Vandercook SP15 Print Press at my recent residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Lincoln City Nebraska. I created the images with a special printing plate material and printed them with split fountain green and dark grey inks. I created the handmade abaca paper with map and book inclusions in Pocatello, Idaho. Each print is signed and dated on the back. The image size is 5″x7″ and the paper size is 7″x11″.


I was delighted to use the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts SP15 Vandercook Letterpress for 2 whole weeks. This definitely made my arms strong enough to go canoeing this weekend!

Read More Books prints!



Appalachian Center for Craft Workshop Instructor Exhibition 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Posted June 17, 2014

The Appalachian Center for Craft 2014 Workshop Instructor Exhibition is open! Stop by the beautiful campus near Smithville, Tennessee and have a bite in the cafe, take a hike, and see all of the amazing artwork. The exhibition runs through July 13, 2014.

For this exhibition, I created a new triptych: Botanique I, II and III. Each piece is mounted to a 12″x12″x1/2″ stretched canvas. I created these pieces this spring as an Idaho winter was slowly ending. I love the bright greens of spring!



Detail view. Stitching with variegated thread.




Botanique II. Created with quilts consisting of two layers of artist hand dyed batting, machine stitched between layers of black Kona cotton fabric.


Botanique III

Boutanique layout

Botanique I, II and III as a triptych. They can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.


Botanique I. Here you can see the edge detail of the painted canvas and the depth of the quilt pieces extending from the surface of the back quilt.


There are still spots in many workshops. For more information about the Appalachian Center for Craft workshops this summer:

Pairings book edition

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Posted 6/17/11


I just finished casing in my edition of 6 artist books, Pairings. Since the illustrations are hand drawn, it is an edition variee. While they are extremely similar, the illustrations make it impossible for each book to be exactly the same. I think it adds charm.

The letterpress type in this book was created on a Vandercook Print Press at Texas Woman’s University.  I used some fabulous big metal type to create impressions on watercolor paper with hand torn edges.


There are seven pairings in the book.  Each book is 9 1/2″ H x 6″ W. Each book has 20 pages and 14 hand drawn illustrations. Each pair is a wine and cheese that I love best together. I had to do some serious research. In this case, a lot of wine and cheese had to be consumed. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

The binding is a sewn retchoso binding that allows the book to lay flat when the viewer reads it. I remembered to take a photo before they got cased in. Lovely. The cover title is also letterpressed onto a lovely textured green paper.


Although lighthearted in many ways, the book also poses my thoughts about pairings and how I feel our culture presents that we are better or more whole if we are coupled up with that special someone. Each pairing has their own phrase associated with this idea, such as “two peas in a pod” or “coupling”.


You see the wine and cheese together, overlaid through a window that showcases the matched set and both of their best qualities. When you turn the page, the cheese stands alone and the wine is left incomplete, with a hole in the bottle.


To purchase a book, please visit my etsy store here or contact me. I worked on this edition with Mary Kathryn Wimberly at Texas Woman’s University. Thank you, Mary Kathryn!

Quilt National 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Posted May 30, 2011


Greek: 72″H x 54″W x 2″D

Greetings! I have just returned from the great adventure of the opening of Quilt National 2011. This is my piece, Greek, that you can view at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio until September 5, 2011.  It is such an honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition. I was a first time exhibitor, as were about half of the exhibitors for this biennial. The quality and breadth makes for a really engaging exhibit. While the book/catalog is wonderful, it is so much more amazing to see the pieces in person.


Greek was awarded the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium”, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of FiberArt International. What a pleasure.

I met the most wonderful art quilters and friends of textile art!  People streamed in from all over the globe for the event. We had pieces from 13 countries and 22 states in the exhibit. 88 quilts are exhibited (85 are juried in), chosen by 3 wonderful jurors, from a sea of over 1000 entries.


Lastly, here is my piece and my very own sold sticker! I was delighted to meet the curator and collectors that purchased Greek for their collection.  What a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to get to my studio tomorrow and start on a new piece!


The delightful Judy Kirpich, fellow fiber artist that I met at a Nancy Crow workshop, has the honor of having her piece, Circles No. 4, grace the cover of the book.  Order your catalog of the exhibit here.

It takes a village

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Posted 5/10/11


A lovely group of fiber artists, led and curated by the fabulous Kathy York, have created a group fiber exhibit: “It takes a village”. I hope you get to see it in person soon at a venue near you! We were each invited to make a unique house for the village. I was truly delighted to make something really fun and whimsical!  As I searched for an idea, I knew I had found it when I decided to make a tree house.


My tree house is nestled into two trees, structurally created with Peltex interfacing. I used my own hand dyed fabrics, as well as some commercial batiks that I over painted to get them to the color and surface texture that I wanted. The tree leaves were created with my dyed cotton batting and commercial black and white print fabrics, backed with interfacing.

Any house of mine needs a skull banner to be inhabitable. However, my favorite part is the rope ladder! I hope you enjoy your studio tour of our village.

Check out all of the contributing artists and their lovely work. Join us for the rest of our blog tour!

Susan Else (website) May 2

Frances Holliday Alford May 3

Pamela Allen (website) May 4

Frieda Anderson May 5

Lisa Call May 6

Jane Davila May 9

Naomi Adams May 10

Jamie Fingal May 11

Barb Forrister May 12

Vickie Hallmark May 13

Connie Hudson May 16

Leslie Jenison May 17

Sherri McCauley May 18

Judy Perez May 19

Melanie Testa May 20

Laura Wasilowski May 23

Kathy York May 24


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Posted 2/1/11


Fluvial, 2010, 32″ x 48″ x 2″

I just thought I’d post some recent sculptural fiber work that I have created. I’ll be working on getting all of my new work on the regular part of my website soon!

This piece was created as I was thinking about water, rivers and different views of landscapes. This piece references an aerial view of a meandering river. The lovely turquoise color that you see is my hand dyed cotton batting, which is exposed to your view when I cut up my quilts and reassemble them into these quilted collages.

Fluvial was exhibited at the Waterways: Rivers on the Edge exhibition in 2010, where it received a juror’s award.

Maybe this will help keep your thoughts warm thinking of lovely summer river adventures during these days of winter!


Round Rock Library Solo Show!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Posted 5/5/09


It’s up! You can see my work during the whole month of May 2009 at the Robert and Helen Griffith Library in Round Rock, TX.  Drop by and enjoy the show. The library is on Main Street in Round Rock, which has tons of good places to eat or have a cup of coffee.

The Robert G. and Helen Griffith Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, TX  78664
512-218-7000 | Circulation: 512-218-7001

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Saturday
1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

The library director, Dale Ricklefs, was kind enough to ask me to share my textile art at their new gallery space on the first floor. Thank you, fellow quilter, Dale.  Thank you to Said Horozovic at the library, Jason King, and my ever enthusiastic husband, Tyler, for helping me prepare and hang the show.  I neglected to take anything but my camera phone with me yesterday to put up the show, but I will go back and take some better photos later!

Collage Mania 2009 – Preview Day!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Posted 4/29/09


The Collage Mania preview is up! There are 383 collages available on May 5, 2009 for an $80 minimum donation. On May 6 and 7, 2009, they will be available for a $40 minimum donation. This is the last fundraiser for Fiberart for a Cause which benefits the American Cancer Society. Thank you, Virginia Spiegel and Karen Stiehl Osborn for all of your hard work on this project!

I donated 3 collages for the sale this year, which are located on page 15 of the Collage Mania preview. Take a look, find something lovely and donate generously.

Monthly Journal Quilt 4/12 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Posted 4/12/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for April, 4/12 2009, 12″ x 12″. The way I figure it, April is almost over for me due to lots of things going on over the next 2 weeks, so I figured I better get to it!

This piece is created in the same way my small lines series is constructed. For this piece, I began with a background piece of fabric that I painted with blue/aqua paint with a handmade stamp. I then took a piece of purple fabric that I painted, cut it into strips and fused it to the background. I then sandwiched it with batting and backing and quilted it. Then, I cut it up into lots of pieces and reassembled them with a zig zag stitch. It’s a fun stripey puzzle to re-stitch together. I machine quilted over it some more and then finished it with a zig zag stitch around the edges.

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.

Monthly Journal Quilt 3/12 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Posted 3/23/09


This is my monthly journal quilt for March, 3/12 2009, 12″ x 12″, mounted to stretched canvas.

This piece started with a sketch from my sketchbook last month, and then took a different road while I was making it!  I started this piece with a purple piece of my hand dyed fabric for the background. I then used a foam stamp to print circles on the background with 3 colors of purple textile paints. I then added the two flowers by fusing fabric to the background. The purple circles are from a single piece of my hand dyed fabric that had tons of color variation in it. The green stems are from a commercial batik fabric. To finish the piece, I quilted it with wavy lines with a purple variegated cotton thread. I then zig zagged the edges and went to water the lawn. :) Happy spring!

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop.