When creating in my studio, I’m truly in my ‘happy place’… but when asked to step out and share my love for quilting with others, I just can’t say no. Here are some examples…
In August 2019, I can be found sharing my hour-long “The Making of a Quilt Artist” lecture with both my local Apple Valley Needle Threaders quilt group and members of the Colorado Quilting Council in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Following the CQC lecture, I’ve invited their members to take a journey with me beyond the ‘pattern’ to develop the artist within themselves through my 6-hour Fracturing Florals Workshop. I’ll walk them through the steps for ‘fracturing’ four pieces of the exact same fabric and piecing them back together into something new and more artful than the original. Lastly, they’ll finish their original work of art with their choice of decorative stitching, quilting, and possibly even thread painting making it their own.
Below is my Fractured Floral #14 quilt. It is representative of what participants in this CQC workshop will be creating.
4-27-2019 The sisters of Beta Sigma Phi Sororiety in Winchester, VA had been focusing on their year-long theme ‘Quilts of Friendship‘, when they had me to speak to that topic at their Founder’s Day luncheon in April 2019 at the Winchester Country Club.
Though a Delta Gamma sister since college, it had been many years since I’d joined in a Founder’s Day celebration. The setting was lovely and their bonds of friendship were evident throughout the room. You can read highlights of my Quilts of Friendship lecture here.
4/10/2018 – When my Reston Quilters Unlimited group asked me to share about my experiences making challenge quilts, it was my goal to encourage and inspire others to challenge themselves. You can read highlights of my “Are You Ready for a Challenge?” lecture here.
4/21/2011 – I’ve always tried to ‘bloom’ where ever I was planted. When the AOWCGWA, Army Officers’ Wives’ Club of the Greater Washington Area, invited me to speak at their luncheon at Ft. Myers Officer’s Club, it was my pleasure to share both my passion for quilting and about life after the military. You can read highlights of my “A Quilter ‘Planted’ in the Shenandoah Valley” lecture here.