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Santa Fe Sunflowers: Enchanted Threads
2012 Albuquerque, NM,
New Mexico Unfolding, 2013, Capitol Rotunda Gallery
Shades of the Southwest, AQS show 2015
I guess I have always had a desire to be an artist but never
seemed to have the talent/ability.From
my earliest memories I wanted to draw, to express what I was feeling, thinking
or imagining.This was always an inner
struggle for me but when my mother began to make quilts again in the 1970’s,
I became fascinated with the colors and patterns and soon was off and
quilting.So here I am now finally being
able to do what I always wanted to do - make art.
In trying out several different types of art quilts, I finally
found that I like to tell stories and share what is in my imagination.I want my quilts not only to tell a story but
to be fun.I want them to leave room for
the viewer's imagination to add to the story if they want, but always the
ultimate goal is to make people feel good.
Snap Dragons: Art Quilts XIX 2014 - Permission to Play
Chandler , AZ
2015 Fiber Arts Fiesta
I work from things I visualize in my head and when I first
started making art quilts, I would just start sewing everything together, but
with some workshops and coaching from my husband I now work sketching out my
ideas and finalizing the design.This is
still a very frustrating thing for me to do, as I want to just jump right in and
start sewing, but I now understand the value of planning.This doesn’t mean that
everything will turn out exactly as planned because I may want to make changes
as I go or I may think of something that I feel will might make the piece more
I wish I would have started doing this a lot sooner, but as it
is I do get a lot of support and encouragement at home.I have learned that the only way to get
better and grow is to keep experimenting and trying new things.If you just keep doing the same thing the
same way life will become really boring really fast. My hope is that when
people see my quilts they go away with a little more joy in their lives.Life should be about joy, happiness and
Once Upon a Time:; Art Quilts XVIII: ARTrageous 2013
The SAQA New Mexico regional quilters met in Albuquerque on March 14. Show and Tell was exciting! Many quilts for our upcoming exhibit, CULTURAL RED, were shown by their makers and received with oohs and aahs from the entire group. Many northern New Mexico art quilt members (also SAQA members) showed their challenge quilts, a 12 X 12 based on three randomly selected color chips. The photo above shows how Jeri Beitel used her colors to celebrate spring.
Plans for the April 17 opening of CULTURAL RED were discussed. Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak is handling refreshments, and Ann Anastasio is taking reservations for the dinner after the reception at Pecos Trail Cafe in Santa Fe. If you did not sign up at the meeting, please let her know if you will be attending (firstname.lastname@example.org). See the IMPORTANT DATES page for information as to when your quilts need to be delivered and more specifics about the show.
Keep working on the Seed Packet project and get them to Betty Busby ahead of the July 1 deadline...to make her job easier. See the prospectus by clicking on the Call for Entry page at the top of the blog.
Our next meeting is May 16 in Santa Fe...location to be determined.
Metamorphosis *Houston 2014, currently on tour Internal changes represented by fiber to felted flowers. External changes represented by cocoon to butterfly.
I am a story teller. I use fabric, beads, cords and other objects to
write my stories. The image I create reflects what I think and feel. I
want my work to be relatable and meaningful. If I am successful, when
someone looks at my work, ’it’ becomes their story, too.
quilt unless the topic means something to me. I will do research, take
pictures and collect objects that relate to that project. This process
can take months to over a year.
Once I sit down and attempt to
quilt, anything can happen! The quilt takes on a life of its own:
construction or a miscue may take me in a totally different direction. I
believe my quilts have their own soul.
I have been very blessed.
I have exhibited in Taiwan, Sacred Threads, Houston, and across the
country. I have had my quilts appear in magazines. I guess the obvious
question would be: What next? I really don’t know!
I didn’t expect this. I didn’t plan for this, but it is a huge part of my life now.
quilting experiences, have taught me to believe, anything is possible.
Whatever the future will bring, I bet it’ll make a good story!