I make improvisational quilts that are redolent of color, pattern and texture. Improvisational quilts are constructed without patterns or templates. It is often a process of development where one element in the quilt directs the next addition. Every quilt I make is an adventure for me.
The thing I love about quilts is the way the cloth projects intense color. A colorful quilt has a singular ability to light up a room. Experimenting with intense colors is the driving force in all my quilts. I often use primary and secondary colors, but on occasion break out from that with monochromatic or neutral color schemes.
And then there is pattern. Pattern is the vehicle that makes the colors sing. I use piecing to create intricate patterns across the surface of the quilt, and then layer intricate quilting patterns over that.
Primarily I take inspiration from ideas that I develop in my mind. I also like to reference issues of social justice and personal emotional experiences.
I’ve been quilting over 40 years now and the challenges today are as fresh as when I began. The process of constructing a quilt is exciting and meditative at the same time. My mind is always churning, solving technical problems and striving for illusive perfection.