My quilts often surprise me,
because I seldom know ahead of
time how they will turn out.
| I'm a self-taught quilter who never
could follow instructions, so I've always puzzled out my own way of doing
I made my first quilt shortly after moving from
Seattle to Nanaimo, B.C. twenty-eight years ago. My early quilts were
medallions, symmetrical designs that
gradually grew more complex as I gained experience.
Now, as I strive to create art quilts, my medallions are sometimes
off-kilter and awry, often tilting or spiraling, taking off in new
For many years, I lived in the
woods across the harbour from Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia.
I made landscapes and pictorial quilts, crazy-quilt abstracts, and message
quilts that expressed my emotions, perceptions, and experiences.
Living in a place accessible only by boat gave me the
luxury of isolation, and the freedom to develop my craft without outside
influence. I was fortunate to have a wonderful circle of northern quilting
friends who greatly encouraged me.
Now I live a more civilized life, on Gabriola Island in southern B.C.
My quilting world has expanded, bringing new friends and inspiration, and
exposure to a wider world of quilt art.
| The quilting stitches are of great
importance to me, and often take longer than creating the quilt top.
I do both hand and machine quilting to sculpt and
accent the design, and to add strength and beauty to the quilt.
Quilting by machine
is a job, something to be accomplished quickly and competently.
by hand is a slow and often meditative activity, and gives me the greatest
pleasure and satisfaction.
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