47″x 52″ 2020 This quilt was inspired by our precious Cocker Spaniel, Blondie. I had to create the forest like a puzzle because I had a limited amount of the forest fabric. There is extensive machine embroidery and I explain how I created my digital version of Blondie in my new book, Beautiful Landscape Quilts.
Gardens, whether wild or tended, evoke feelings of springtime. The art quilts in this category are comprised of flowers, cottage garden scenes, and pathways. My how-to-books give insight on how to create landscape quits without a pattern.
Photograph by Dan Niel.
From the collection of Shane and Mandy Becker My daughter-in-law just loves blossoming cherry trees, so I designed this quilt with her in mind as a wedding gift for her and our son. I printed a photo I took of them on computer ready fabric and placed them in the garden.
When my dear friend, Melanie Duyungan passed away, I had a hard time dealing with it so I made this quilt in her memory. Melanie loved traveling to Italy, so I designed a quilt of a garden in Tuscany. Click to view detail image larger:
Here Chickee Chickee Chickee
23″ x 26″ Fall 2001 This piece was inspired by a watercolor painting. I created it specifically to demonstrate to students that my quilts can be designed and on the wall in six hours or less! If you have wonderful fabrics to work with, half of your work is done! In this case, I used […]
26″ x 20″ 2002 First Frost celebrates my love of the changing of the seasons in the northwest. As a California native, seasonal changes are basically non-existent and when I relocated to the Pacific Northwest it was truly amazing to witness the spectacular colors with the onset of fall. One of Judy Robertson’s gorgeous hand-dyed […]
Sunshine and Shadows
21″ x 17″ From the Collection of Peggy Barkle Spring 2004 This quilt is another one of my experiments! It’s actually a photograph I took at Butchart Gardens, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I had it enlarged and printed on an oil canvas fabric. Because of the density and thickness of the canvas, I decided […]
30″ x 25″ Spring 2006 When I saw a greeting card by Jackie Penney, I knew immediately I wanted to recreate her scene, Full Bloom in cloth. After numerous attempts to contact Ms. Penney, I finally tracked her down through her publisher and she gave me her blessing to create a quilt using her art […]
27″ x 26″ Summer 2007 This quilt was created as a sample for a Mystery Landscape workshop forInternational Quilt Festival, in Houston, Texas in 2007. It includes overlays of Angelina and tulle, extensive machine embroidery, and incorporates inks, pastels, and fabric markers. Students were supplied with a kit with the same fabrics in this “design […]
Here’s a watercolor quilt with a twist – I created this Christmas Wreath as a class sample many years ago.
Hope 29″ x 31″ I created this quilt for the Gig Harbor, WA, Quilt Festival 2008 “Quilting for a Cure” auction supporting local breast cancer charities. This quilt, entitled Hope, symbolizes my hope for a cure to breast cancer for all those who have suffered from breast cancer in the past or will suffer from […]
Morning Glories Climbing Over the Gate
28″ x 35″ April 2000 I was inspired by a watercolor painting I saw in a book to create this quilt. I began designing it in a workshop with Natalie Sewell. The fence posts and gate were originally white fabric and I shaded them with fabric markers and colored pencils. I rubber stamped the leaves […]
Kitty in the Garden
This was a fun quilt to create using a variety of fabrics and techniques. I thought the pathway needed something on it and I discovered a commercial fabric in my stash with kitty cats on and it worked perfectly!
Summer 1999 Before I got addicted to creating landscape quilts, I made a lot of Watercolor Quilts. In fact, I think I made one for every member of my family. I appliqued three-dimensional flowers on this design and added vines extending out from the bouquet. Click to view detail image larger:
Chickens Guarding My Secret Garden
24″ x 36″ This quilt was designed for an invitational exhibit sponsored by the Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters. The theme of the traveling exhibit was: “Telling Secrets”. This quilt was displayed and auctioned to the highest bidder at the Pacific Northwest QuiltFest Exhibit in 2004. My design challenge was to make a quilt to […]
I created this quilt with a collection of fabrics and later taught it as a “kit workshop.” I demonstrate how easy it is to change the color of trees with overlays of tulle or netting. I added dots of color with textile paint and dye pens to integrate the trees into the piece. This quilt […]
A Bouquet of Beauties
79″ x 99″ 1996 This is a friendship quilt where my dear friends in my Thursday group quilting group made blocks for me. I designed the iris block and insisted each iris be a different color. Most of my friends were already pretty pissed off because I had the nerve to pick a hand-applique block […]
2012 I love the foreground in this quilt because I took photos of some of the plants and flowers in my garden, then scaled them to the correct size, and printed them on computer ready fabric for this design. Since I don’t particularly like the rest of the quilt, I am thinking about “cutting the […]
18″ x 18″ 1998 From the collection of Charlene Simmons This quilt was inspired by a Thomas Kinkade print. I used Cindy Walter’s Snippet Sensations techniques and it was featured in her book, More Snippet Sensations. It includes extensive machine embroidery and what seems like a zillion little bits of fabric!
12th Hole of the Master’s Tournament
12th Hole of the Master’s Tournament I created this as a commission piece. It’s the last commission piece I will ever do. Long story……..