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Waratah
Waratah

Waratah 2014 Most of my art come from photos I take on trip or inspired by the sites I see on my travels. The Waratah is the flower of New South Wales. I discover this flower when preparing for a teaching trip to one of my favorite place, Australia. When visiting the country all Joe wanted to see is boxing Kangaroos so of course I had to add the Kangaroo paws. But I was moved most by the aboriginal art work we saw at the Modern art Museum in Sidney. They tell story’s with a dot. Love!

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Libby's Texas Wildflower
Libby's Texas Wildflower

This is a quilt I made in 2014 for the Libby Lehman auction. It is of a Texas wildflower called the Indian Blanket or Fire Wheel just to name a few.

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Fushia
Fushia

This quilt was made for the IQA Silent Auction.

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A Garden's Delight
A Garden's Delight

2005 57” x 69” IQA Houston / Founders Award Sold

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Monet in Pasadena
Monet in Pasadena

50” X 72” 2011 / IQA Houston 2013 / Road to California / 1st place 2013 / AQS Paducah / Judges Choice I was inspired by the morning light hitting the lily pond at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. The water shimmered with reflections which made me wonder what Monet must have seen. Made in my fusible technique with 100% cotton fabrics primarily hand-dyed by the artist. The batting is Quilters Dream cotton in a low loft. The thread used is Sulky rayon 30 weight. Available

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Renaissance
Renaissance

2003 51" x 72" Folsom Quilt and Fiber Show / Best in Show 2004 / Folsom/ El Dorado Hills Style Magazine

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…and Our Flag was Still There!
…and Our Flag was Still There!

I used fusible appliqué and heavy thread painting to create this quilt. I was moved to make this quilt after my only son became a United States Marine. As quilters, we work out our life changes and challenges in cloth. I had no idea of the impact this quilt would have on the public. I dedicate this quilt to all military families who have raised sons and daughters who sacrifice to keep us free. Owned by the National Quilt Museum

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Monterey at Dusk
Monterey at Dusk

2007 51” x 60” 2007 / 2nd Place / IQA Houston 2008 / Best of Show / Road to California 2009 / Viewers Choice / AQS Paducah 2009 / 1st Place (Small Wall Quilts) / AQS Paducah Made with cotton fabrics, 100 cotton batting by Quilters Dream, Sulky rayon 30 weight thread on the top and Aurful cotton in the bobbin. Available

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Splendor in the Grass
Splendor in the Grass

2007 41”x 59” I love to paint using only fabric and thread. I took this picture on an outing to a lily farm. The red lilies were peeking out from their long, grassy leaves. I couldn't wait to get home and start this quilt. I worked about 9 hours a day, barely stopping to eat. 2009 / Best of Show / IQA Chicago 2009 / IQA Long Beach 2009 / IQA Houston Available

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Romance
Romance

2007 57” x 69” I have always loved the luscious flower paintings of the Dutch Masters. I try to recreate them with my own flower bouquets from my garden and then in my quilts. When I bring a flower bouquet into my house, it instantly changes the mood of a room. This bouquet brought a romantic feel. 2007 / 2nd Place / IQA Houston 2008 / Honorable Mention / Road to California 2009 / 3rd Place (Machine Quilting) / AQS Paducah Available

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Hidden Beach
Hidden Beach

2008 76”x 54” 2008 / IQA Houston 2009 / Sacred Threads Available

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Clematis
Clematis

2002 21” X 32” This was my second Fusible Flower quilt, inspired by a picture in a flower catalog. These flowers are bright and crisp in the morning light, capturing the sunlight hitting the center of the flowers just right. $ 2,000

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Monterey
Monterey

40” X 47” 2007 I made this quilt for my husband, Joe, after we celebrated our 25th anniversary in Monterey. I was taking pictures at sunset when a local couple walked by and commented that “You can’t take it with you”. Oh, yes I can! I used my Fabulous Fusible Flower technique to create this seascape, using fabric and thread to paint a quilt painting. 2007 / Judges Choice / Pacific International Quilt Festival

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Hollyhocks
Hollyhocks

2004 27"x 36" On a teaching trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico I visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. She is one of my favorite artists and, to my delight, next to the museum was a garden full of blooming hollyhocks. $3,000

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Baltimore Album Vase
Baltimore Album Vase

2009 77” x 64” Fusible applique 2010 / IQA Houston 2010 2011 / 3rd Place / AQS Lancaster Available

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Shasta Daisy
Shasta Daisy

2002 21” X 32” This is a study in whites, inspired by a photo and the curiosity of how many white fabrics it take to make this work. The quilt is embellished with lots of beautiful thread. This is like painting with fabric, sewing machine and thread. $2,000

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Afternoon Glory
Afternoon Glory

2006 45”x 57” On a beautiful fall afternoon, the morning glories where hanging heavy with flowers over my garden fence. Their colors had changed from blues in the morning to pinks and purples in the afternoon. I ran to get my camera. This would make a great quilt, I thought. Using lots of fused fabrics and 30-weight thread, I created this quilt. I like to use my fabric and thread as a painter would use her paints. $4,000

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Social Climber Roses
Social Climber Roses

2005 34" x 48" 2005 / In Bloom III / IQA Houston 2006 / IQA Catalog 2006 / Judges Choice / Pacific International Quilt Festival 2008 / Shelburne Museum, Vermont 2008 / Quilters Newsletter / August

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Fresh as a Daisy
Fresh as a Daisy

2007 54” X 54” I choose a black fabric for the back of the quilt and used the same thread in the bobbin (30 weight rayon) as on the top of the quilt, resulting in a thread painting on the back of this quilt. Made using fusible applique, thread painting, 100% cotton fabric and cotton batting. 2007 / In Full Bloom IV / IQA Houston 2008 / IQA Chicago 2008 / IQA Long Beach 2013 / Texas Quilt Museum Available

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Sweet Peas and Pansies
Sweet Peas and Pansies

2003 21" x 32" 2004 / Judges Choice / Folsom Quilt and Fiber Show

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Group of Pansies
Group of Pansies

2004 57”x 57” The technique is using just fabric and thread to create this quilt, there is no paint. I have to try and find the right colors of fabric to create my painter’s palette. 2008 / Shelburne Museum, Vermont 2010 / In Full Bloom / IQA Houston 2013 / Texas Quilt Museum

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Camellia
Camellia

2011 29“x 37“ Fusible applique technique with 100% cotton hand-dyed fabrics. I used rayon 30-weight thread to thread-paint the quilt. The back of the quilt is where you can see the thread painting process on black fabric. Also used is 100% cotton batting by Quilters Dream in a low loft. SOLD

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Rain Drops
Rain Drops

2010 23" x 25" This picture was taken after a rainstorm. I made this quilt for an invitational silent auction for IQA Houston in 2010. SOLD

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Good and Plenty
Good and Plenty

2008 39” x 38” 2012 / Accepted into a special SAQA traveling exhibit, "I’m Not Crazy." Available $5,000

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Strawberries
Strawberries

2004 12” x 12” Made for a special art exhibit for the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild.

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Apple Bowl
Apple Bowl

2003 38 "x 45" The Apple Bowl was inspired by a picture in a country magazine of apples in an old wooden bowl. Sulky 30 weight rayon thread is used to color and define and Steam a Seam 2 was my iron-on adhesive. 2nd Place / Sulky American

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Just Joey Rose
Just Joey Rose

2004 Sold to private collection.

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Mother's Yellow Iris
Mother's Yellow Iris

2012 20”x 29” Technique: Fusible applique, hand-dyed fabrics in 100% cotton. For the quilting I used rayon 30-weight thread to thread paint the quilt. The back of the quilt is where you can see the thread painting process on black fabric. 100% cotton batting by Quilters Dream in a low loft.

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Oriental Poppy
Oriental Poppy

17"x 24" Melinda painted with fabric to create this beautiful poppy quilt. Her inspiration came from the Jackson and Perkins flower catalog. She highlights her quilt with lots of thread play, which adds shading and detail. The final step is carefully placed glass beads. 2003 / Honorable Mention / Marin Quilt and Needle Art Show Sold to private collection.

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Double Delight Roses
Double Delight Roses

2002 This is the first Fusible Flower quilt I made, playing with Steam a Seam 2 to see if I could paint with fabric. I did not do much thread work on this quilt, unsure sure how far I could go with the thread play.

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Hops
Hops

2001 23"x 22" This is a study in greens. The inspiration was a 1”x 1” picture. The colors were beautiful but I had to enlarge the picture to see the shapes. When I did, I lost the color so I used the original picture when shopping for fabric and the enlargement for leaf shapes.

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Potting Shed
Potting Shed

2004 Made for the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild as their opportunity quilt.

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