I truly believe anyone who wants to quilt can, no matter their skill level. To develop and grow our art we need the space and time to routinely practice. It all starts with sewing two pieces of fabric together.
My teaching and quilt designs fuse the tradition rooted in my childhood with improvisational techniques and a modern aesthetic. I teach workshops accessible to all levels, locally and nationally.
Whatever your approach to quilting or learning, my adaptive instruction provides a supportive, non-prescriptive structure to develop the skills you need to refine your own unique quilting style. We’ll collaborate in helping you focus on play, intuition and exploring the endless possibilities quilting has to offer. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
I’m a maker, always been. I was the child content for hours with pompoms, goggly eyes and a bottle of glue. My mom and her posse of friends provided daily doses of creative inspiration, whether hand-stitching over a cuppa tea, quilting in our TV room or working on the latest crafting craze, they were always creating. It was just part of daily life.
After moving to Seattle I found myself purchasing a stack of fabric and true to form, with little research I just dove in. What developed were not the classic quilt designs I’d watched my mother create, but a fusing of it with my quirky way of seeing. Since then no day is complete until at least two pieces of fabric are sewn together.
I love all the steps of the process quilting offers. From the not being still, to the emerging ideas I start before the other million are finished. But most of all I love that in the end you have something that’s beautiful and everyday useful. For me, making quilts are all those happy things.
In 2015 I opened my Seattle Quilting Studio to provide a space for those interested in the art and craft of quilting. It was the realization of a long-standing dream, and another step in my creative journey.
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Quilting can be a solitary adventure and I felt the need to surround myself with other quilters that desired company too, so in 2009 I started teaching modern and improvisational quilting workshops in Seattle. I’ve been the featured artist at multiple shows, am a founding member and former president of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, and my quilts have been shown and awarded at QuiltCon. In 2013 I wrote the award winning book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts with Jacquie Gering and have since been published in American Patchwork and Quilting, Sew Mama Sew and other publications. I continue to teach modern and improvisational quilting classes accessible to all ages and levels in my Seattle Quilting Studio, locally, nationally and internationally.
- The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, Founder and President
- Quiltcon: 2013
- Quiltcon 2015
- Island Quilter 2013,
- Tri Cities Quilt Guild 2013,
- Walla Walla Quilt Festival 2015
- Modern Domestic 2015
Awards & Shows:
- Quiltcon 2013 exhibitor
- Quiltcon 2015 /Best in Quilting Collaboration with Krista Withers
- Quiltcon 2017 exhibitor
- Bronze Medal 2013 Pubwest Design book design award