Thursday, October 27, 2011

Delighted to be Invited

I want to thank Andrea and Alice for the opportunity to be part of a new creative experience!! Andrea and I have been friends for many years as we are members of the same quilt guild and we are currently co-chairing a 12 X 12 challege for our group. It has been a great experience for me, pushing me out of my safe box of fairly traditional quilting. I welcome the opportunity to be a member of a group eager to try new things!!!

I have been quilting about 25 years and started off with traditional designs. I enjoyed piecing and applique, but spent the first 5-10 years working on patterns and kits. Once I became more skilled and comfortable, I tried original designs, but they were frequently inspired by things I had seen in magazines or shows; I "copied" very well. I have gotten increasingly interested in doing more original work. I have experimented with embellishments, fusing, stenciling and a little painting and dying, although I still usually work with commercial fabrics. My long-range goal is to create my own fabric, utilizing some of these techniques, as I want to develop a personal style. I also enjoy the quilting process and enjoy hand and machine quilting. Bright colors appeal to me and my most recent quilts have incorporated Kaffe Fassett fabrics. The picture above is my most recently completed quilt. The best way to describe my quilting style and work is to say it is always evolving and I am willing to try almost anything.

On a personal note, I am a retired dietitian, originally from Louisiana. LSU is my college alma mater and I completed a dietetic internship in Virginia. Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts have been my homes for the past 30 years. John is my husband and we have two children and two dogs. My other interests include travel, tennis, skiing, gardening, boating and volunteer work. That's probably enough about me.

Again, I'm so happy to be a member and have an idea for the Surprise theme!!