|Spring Fling (my SAQA 2011 Auction Piece)|
Husband Kurt, our two daughters Kristen, Kari and Son-in-Law Joshua, and my parents all reside in Anchorage and have encouraged my art from day one. Even my West Highland White Terrier Maggie Mae, who routinely fled from my studio when I machine sewed, now keeps me company in my basement studio since her hearing started failing this year.
My quilt journey began in a 1988 class which covered all the basics start to finish. From that point on, I shelved most all other creative interests to pursue my quilt addiction. I’ve taken and taught classes, had a few quilts published in magazines, developed four quilt patterns (retail) in the mid-90’s, offered my services as a consignment quilter/designer for four years, and worked in a local quilt store. I also organized a local quilter’s (weekend) bazaar two years, with huge success.
As an Anchorage Log Cabin Quilt Guild member since 1990, I have participated in several satellite groups through the years. I’m currently completing a third year with a Round Robin Group. A few years prior to Kathy’s move to Texas, she and I became SAQA members and ‘art quilt partners’ to seriously study fabric art techniques and surface design as they pertain to art quilting. She and I produced three art quilt First Friday events.
I pursue art quilting for the creative challenge and a desire to combine the various fiber arts, beading, painting and sewing experience I've learned thus far, into mixed-media quilts. Bold colors, garden themes and texture frequently surface in my work, and my personal goal is to try something new in everything I do.
I'm glad to announce the 'south' theme finally gelled in my mind this afternoon. I know the what, but have to work on executing the how. This evening I completely caught up with reading ALL of the previous MM posts and comments. So glad to be on board with all you Mavens!