Thursday, September 25, 2008

Healing Quilts For Unversity of Michigan

Last week I traveled to Ann Arbor to deliver seventeen art quilts to the University of Michigan. Twelve in the collection are for the cancer wing and will be hung for patients and their families to enjoy. The subjects are plants and animals used in chemotherapies. To see all the quilts, check out our website at

Two of the quilts are based on images from U of M scientists who share their interesting work through an innovative art form called Bio-Artography. Artists Annabel Ebersole and Judy Busby made these two pieces.

Bio-artography Image by Rebecca Bernados

Bio-artography Image by Maria Morell

I want to thank all the Fiber Artists who helped created this wonderful collection of healing quilts. It was an honor and privilege to deliver them to the University of Michigan Health Care Gifts of Art program.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

World's Alzheimer's Day

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: Raising Awareness & Funding Research September 21st is World's Alzheimer's Day.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is sponsoring the Purple Patch to honor and remember those that have this devastating disease. Learn more about how you can help by visiting

My purple patch is in honor of my sister-in-law Susan's step father. Susan travels frequently from her home in Colorado to help her mom in Florida.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vintage Revisited - Block Six: Mary's Heroes

I completed my last of the Vintage Revisited block challenges. This one was based on a grandmother's flower garden block. I used all the left over pieces to make the border trim. Mary Kerr is the creator, visionary and curator of this amazing project. I wanted to thank her in some way for inviting me to participate so I made this last piece for her. These photos are some of her favorite people. You can check out this inspiring project by visiting the Vintage Revisited page on Mary's website.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Journal Quilt Project II: Elements

I submitted this piece called Fire Dance to the Quilt Art Journal Project II: Elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire) exhibit. It was not selected to travel with the exhibit. This piece is special to me because I made it while visiting Vikki Pignatelli for 4 wonderful days last July. I was learning and experimenting with her techniques for improvisational design and curved piecing. The border/binding is pleated and has little contrasting flaps sewn in. It has a lot of texture and is 3-D.

My intepretation of the Elements theme: Fire Dance shows the spirit of God in waves of energy, moving over the earth during creation. In the earth’s initial stages, God’s spirit, represented by fire (coral), the waters and air (teal), and the earth (black) are all inter-mingled while the spirit creates their form and they become distinct entities.