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I started quilting in 1992. After spending several years learning and making quilts for my sons' families, including 5 grandchildren, I decided to start designing and making art quilts and exhibits. In 1999 I submitted my first quilt to be judged. I won several awards, including Best of Show and was hooked. Since that time I have won many awards and enjoy having my quilts judged and displayed in quilt shows.

I consider myself a scrap quilter. I say this because I use hundreds of pieces of fabrics in my quilts. I'm a traditionalist in technique and construction. I think it is important to carry on the traditon of quilting by using the techinques used for generations. The distinction of being a innovative quilt artist comes from my designs. My quilts take two directions; precise geometeric quilts with optical or graphic appeal and the hand drawn designs with fluid lines and varying themes. Whether drafting a pattern or drawing a design, color and contrast are the important elements I use to interpret my designs. All my quilts are hand quilted and 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread are used.

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Bohemian Fireworks
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Bohemian Fireworks
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This original quilt design was hand drafted, it is still my favorite design process. I chose dark grayed down jewel tones and low contrast because I wanted the viewer to be drawn in to see the intricate piece work.

Machine pieced and extensively hand quilted.

Completed in 2009
Dimensions 72"x 66"

Exhibits and Awards

  • 2009 AQS American Quilt Society, Paducah, Ky.
  • 2009 NQA National Quilting Association, Columbus. Oh. First Place
  • 2009 NQA National Quilting Association, Columbus, Oh. Exemplary Piecework Award.
  • 2010 IHQS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In. First Place
  • 2010 AQS America Quilter's Society, Knoxville, Ky. Honorable Mention
  • 2010 IQA International Quilt Festival, Houston, Tx. First Place
  • 2011 Road to California Quilter's Conference and Showcase, Ontario, Calf. "Outstanding Innovative Quilt"Award
  • 2015 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana Past and Present, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis In.

    In the collection of the artist.



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    Bohemian III Rain
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    Third in the series, Rain, includes several challenges. Wanting a 3-dimensional design using the series original fractal wheels and wanting to develop techniques for curved foundation piecing, the design answer was umbrellas. Hand quilting without a frame enhances the illusion of rain.

    Completed May, 2014
    Dimensions 40"x 48 1/2"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2014 IQA International Quilt Festival, Houston, Tx. Honorable Mention
  • 2014 "Quilts: A World of Beauty" Traveling Exhibit. Quilts Inc.
  • 2016 Shipshewana Quilt Festival, Shipshewana, In. First Place

    In the collection of the artist


  • Black and Gold
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    Black and Gold
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    Quilt made for IQA International Quilt Festival's 2013 Mini Quilt Silent Auction

    Original design

    Completed in September 2013

    Dimensions 17"x 24"


    Bohemian II: Ferris Wheels and KItes
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    Bohemian II: Ferris Wheels and Kites
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    Second in the Bohemian Series. The original designs of 'Fractal Wheels' in this series are hand drafted. Fabrics in multiple colors and unrelated patterns are used to carry out the theme. The titles in the series are inspired by summer, first fireworks and now ferris wheels and flying kites.

    Completed in May 2013

    Dimensions 70"x 70"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2013 IQA International Quilt Festival, Houston, Tx. First Place
  • 2014 Road to California Quilter's Conference and Showcase, Ontario Calf. First Place
  • 2014 IHQS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, Ind. Best of Show
  • 2014 IHQS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, Ind. First Place
  • 2014 NQA National Quilt Association, Columbus Oh. Second Place
  • 2015 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana Past and Present, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, In.
  • 2016 Shipshewana Quilt Festival, Shipshewana, In. Third Place

    In the collection of the artist


  • Spiketacular
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    Spiketacular
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    The idea was to make a quilt using up a box of left over pieces of fabrics. It started because I was organizing my studio and looking in boxes. I also found a six inch quilt block I had made during a class with Karen Stone, at Jinny Beyer's Hilton Head Seminar, years ago. The design for this quilt was not preplanned. I made blocks then played with the layout. Using two center squares to give added depth and a border of spikes to complement the pattern of the blocks finished the design. This quilt is a history of my quilts. Machine pieced and hand quilted

    Completed in September 2013

    Dimemsions 57"x 57"

    In the collection of the artist.


    Five turns Of the Wheel
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    Five Turns of the Wheel
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    The original design of this quilt continues the theme of the Bohemian Series.

    Completed May 9, 2016

    Dimensions 69" x 69"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2016 IQA International Quilt Festival, Houston, Tx.
  • 2017 Road to California Conference and Showcase, Ontario, Ca. First Place
  • 2017 IQHS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In. Best of Show

    In the collection of the artist.


  • Celebration
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    Celebration
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    Original quilt for the IQA Mini Quilt Silent Auction, Houston Tx.

    Completed in 2015

    Dimensions 25" x 25"


    Carnival
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    Carnival
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    Original design for IQA Mini Quilt Silent Auction, Houston Tx.

    Completed in 2016

    Dimensions 19" x 24"


    Priarie Wind
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    Prairie Wind
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    This interlocking pattern was paper pieced. Neutrals were used to create a tonal effect where the contrast of light and dark create the design.

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabrica, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2001
    Dimensions: 58"x 46"

    Acquired: Private Collection


    Vanishing Star
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    Vanishing Star
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    Original design. This study in color is also a study of drafting a 10 pointed star. For me drafting quilt patterns is one of the most rewarding parts of designing a geometric quilt. I like the way the color dances in this quilt. It almost moves.

    All 1/4" strips are appliqued and the only construction sewing on the quilt top. A total of 70 quilting threads were used to match every diamond color exactly.

    Hand applique and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread used.

    Completed 2005
    Dimensions: 60"x 60"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2006 IHQS- Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In.

    Acquired: Dr. J.Richard and Sherry Hurley


  • Grandma's Gameboy
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    Grandma's Gameboy
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    Original design. Inspired by antique gameboards, this quilt suggest, through color and design, the gameboards I played on as a child. While watching my grandson play with his gameboy a quilt's name was born.

    Machine paper pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2005
    Dimensions: 41"x 41"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2005 IHQS- Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In. Second Place
  • 2006 NQA National Quilt Assoc., Columbus, Oh. Third Place
  • 2006 Fogg Gallery, F.B. Fogg, Muncie, In.
  • 2007 AQS American Quilter's Society,Paducah, Ky. Second Place.
  • 2007 "Quilts Fill Our Lives: An American Legacy" The Quilters Hall of Fame and Minnetrista Cultural Center, Marion and Muncie, In. Second Place
  • 2008 "Puzzled & Board" the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Ma.
  • 2009 Quilter's Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2016 "In the American Tradition" Traveling exhibit IQA International Quilts.

    In the collection of the artist


  • Black and White
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    Black and White
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    This is my black and white quilt. While auditioning different accent fabrics I found my eye going to that stack instead of the black and white stack. I put the black and whites away and designed this quilt using the accents in the order they were stacked. To get that random stacked look I'd liked I used a block with only two pieces and stripped pieced fabrics to make those. Beading accents the border.

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabrics, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2005
    Dimensions: 45"x 54"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2005 Professional Arts, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, In. Second Place
  • 2006 Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, In.
  • 2006 Fogg Gallery, F.B. Fogg, Muncie, In.

  • Autumn Blaze
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    Autumn Blaze
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    Based on Karen Stone"s Orange Peel, this quilt incorporates many warm reds and oranges. The placement of color and values make the circles fade in and out.

    Machine paper pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabrics, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 1999
    Dimensions: 60"x 60"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 1999 Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, In. First Place, Sweepstakes Award, Indiana Quilters Guild Award and Mountain Mist "Best of Show"

    In the Collection of the Artist


  • Bustin Out
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    Bustin Out
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    Original Design. This was my first art quilt, so the title has more than one meaning. Because it was my first art quilt I wanted to incorporate basic patchwork into the design.

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabrics, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2002
    Dimensions: 63"x 35.5"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2003 IHQS- Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In. Second Place
  • 2004 Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, In. Fourth Place
  • 2005 Professional Arts, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, In. First Place
  • 2006 Fogg Gallery, F.B. Fogg, Muncie. In.

    In the collection of the artist


  • Differentiated To Undifferentiated
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    Differentiated To Undifferentiated
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    Original Design. I was commissioned to design a quilt using the Gleason Grading System for prostate cancer. Incorporating the five stages of the grading system was the bases of my design of five radiating circles. In collecting fabric I chose those with perfect concentric circles and progressed to circles of irregular form, with no relationship to each other. I also chose many colors from neutrals to magentas ( a staining color).

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread.

    Completed 2004
    Dimensions: 34"x34"

    Acquired: Professional Collection


    Helios Corona
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    Helios Corona
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    Original Design. Helios Corona, the sun's crown. The hardest part of this quilt, cutting a beautifully pieced quilt into 4" strips to add the smaller solid strips. I thought it would add an unusual effect to an already dramatic quilt.

    Machine paper pieced and extensively hand quilted. 100% cotton hand dyed fabric, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2003
    Dimensions: 45"x63.5"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2004 AQS-American Quilt Show, Paducah, Ky.
  • 2004 Professional Arts, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, In. First Place
  • 2004 IHQS-Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, In.
  • 2006 Fogg Gallery, F.B. Fogg, Muncie, In.

    Acquired: Private Collection


  • Blue Moon
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    Blue Moon
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    Original design. The center is the technique "convergence". The border is where the imagination takes over. For me a sci-fi sky with planets and a Blue Moon.

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% hand dyed cotton fabric, batting and thread.

    Completed in 2003
    Dimensions: 35"x 35"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2006 Fogg Gallery, F.B. Fogg, Muncie, In.

    In the collection of the artist


  • Snowdrops in the Midnight Garden
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    Snowdrops in the Midnight Garden
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    Original Design in the Art Nouveau style.

    In the initial design of this quilt I used the snowdrop not only for its design possibilities but also because of the snowdrop properties that have been tested and used in the treatment for Alzheimer's patients. As the design evolved my mother was entering the last stages of Alzheimers. At the time I didn't realize how much my mother's illness was on my mind or how much it was influencing my design.

    When the quilt was finished I finally recognized what all the design choices in this quilt represented. The dark background was the unknown my mother now lives in. The spider web quilting (which I thought was a great design inspiration) I now know as the descriptive cob-webs that fill her mind. The bright white snowdrops; those precious, lucid, clear moments that all family members of an Alzheimer patient wait for and cherish.

    Machine pieced, extensively hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric and batting. Cotton and metallic thread used.

    Completed in 2006
    Dimensions: 65.5x 45"

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2007 IHQS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington In.
  • 2007 AQS American Quilter's Society, Paducah, Ky.
  • 2007 "Quilts Fill Our Lives: An American Legacy" The Quilters Hall Of Fame and Minnetrista Cultral Center, Marion and Muncie In.

    In the collection of the artist


  • Tangerine
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    Tangerine
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    Original Design

    Inspired by the Art Deco Period when designing this quilt it includes overlapping images, chevrons, stylized floral designs and bold colors. Listening to Big Band music while quilting and the intense orange circle inspired the name"Tangerine"

    Machine pieced, extensively hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2008
    Dimensions: 68 x 68

    Exhibits and Awards

  • 2008 IHQS Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington In. Second Place
  • 2008 AQS American Quilter's Society, Paducah, Ky. Honorable Mention
  • 2010 NQA National Quilt Association, Columbus, Oh. Second Place
  • 2010 NQA National Quilt Association, Columbus Oh. Exemplary Piecework Award

    In the collection of the artist


  • Nova
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    Nova
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    This fragmented quilt was designed with cool and warm colors to achieve a glow. The fragmented drafting and design are from a Jinny Beyer seminar.

    Machine pieced and hand quilted. 100% cotton fabric, batting and thread used.

    Completed in 2000
    Dimensions: 60"x 60"

    Acquired: jkWare, Inc.