Just Begin! Working in A Series


Reach out and touch, this rree represents the love of God.


Like most artist’s, I’m having fun exploring, playing, and learning so many new techniques that I hate the thought of being restricted to just one subject or style. I’ve bounced around from subject to subject and from technique to technique where ever my whim or inspiration led. I’ve had a blast, and by all means would never give up on the creative aspect of exploring exciting and new techniques. That is the exact reason why I love the fiber arts so much! There are endless possibilities!!!!!  An artist would never get bored! 

As I move forward with my hopes and dreams of establishing a name for myself in the Fiber Arts, it’s time to BEGIN a body of work for show. That means it’s time to focus and pull all of my resources and inspirations together. The first step is always the hardest.

This is my plan of attack.  

I. BEGIN: Taking the first step.

Set aside fear, distractions, clutter, and commit by writing it down! For me, that means to focus. With so many obstacles, this will take a concerted effort on my part! Just do it!

II.  GOALS: Write it down.

Have a clear path to the end goal in sight. Shot for the stars, while realistacally keeping the pathway straight and free of detours that will hinder progression. Like a map, chart goals that will keep you from getting lost. Set a daily schedule and make it a habit! Prioritize your time, devoting a segment each day to move forward on your path.

III. SUBJECT: Find an element that has symbolic meaning.

Explore all your options, ideas, favorite things, photo’s, art and symbols. Research through your past work and subject matter. What are you naturally drawn to and identify with? What speaks to you?

One of my first fiber art pieces was the Tree of Life, as pictured above. I always come home to trees. They have special symbolic meaning to me.

Humble beginning, Growth in spite of drought, Strength amidst the storms, Beauty in every season, Substance, Rooted, Balanced, Resilient, offering shelter and fruit or service.

IV. MATERIALS: deciding which elements to incorporate.

Dyed fabrics, paints, sheers, special techniques. 

V. DESIGN: This is the backbone of a successful piece. 

While it’s fun to jump in and go simply by intuition, without the bones or structure a piece may quickly fall flat. I will often spend more time on preparing a piece for construction then the actual time putting the quilt together. 

I take careful consideration in the form, depth, balance, color scheme nod most importantly portraying my Theme. Always keeping in mind something of intrigue, or unexpected. 

Make several rough sketches both with pencil and watercolor.

VI. EMOTION: Write a statement of “What I want it to say.” What does this piece want to portray. Take time to ponder and to be inspired as the energy of this piece will evolve and come alive. The best part of being an artist is, creating something from nothing! Making it come alive from conception to birth. All powerful pieces of art, whether from someone famous or a 5 year old was created with passion! 

VII. UNIQUE: Make it yours! Try something new or add your special touch. 
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

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Calm among Chaos

Kona Sunset

I heard this quote while on my recent travel. It has stayed with me, so I wanted to share it.

“Anyone can have peace on a Mountain, but only someone special can have peace among Chaos.” Buddah

I think of the storm tossed sea, and how Jesus Christ spread his arms and commanded the Sea to be still.  If He can calm the raging sea, He can calm my troubled heart.  My faith in Him will allow my soul to be at peace even when I feel the beginning of a storm. Rest assured that all will be well.

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Flaming Hot!

Hearth of The Home

Hearth of The Home




The “Hearth of the Home” was made this past summer for an old High School Classmate. She approached me on this the year before, and I wasn’t sure exactly what had in mind, but gave it a try. When I saw it on her Hearth! I was very pleased at how it turned out.

I used hand dyed silk organza, discharged black fabric for the wood and I used hand dyed silk and other sheers to create this piece. It is embellished with Swarovske crystals and shimmery metallic threads.

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A little Jet Lag.

20150910_063222Attending the doTERRA Conference in SLC Utah! It was so exciting and full of knowledge! I love this stuff!

Arriving home Friday late to leave the next morning for San Antonio for a week. Again arriving home late Friday to waking up early for Huron SDQG Retreat on Saturday!

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A little crazy! From attending the doTERRA Convention in SLC then flying off to San Antonio for my ArtCloth Mastery Class back to back.

While in San Antonio, I learned that one of my teachers for the South Dakota State Quilt guild retreat cancelled! The retreat was scheduled for the same weekend  that I was returning home. She gave me 3 days notice without even the courtesy of calling or discussing her concerns with me! This incredibly unprofessional action placed myself and SDQG board members into a terrible scramble mode to cover her classes and program with basically no time. Thank Heaven it worked out, sometimes we just do what we have to do. I feel like I’ve just ran through an obstacle course this week! I ended up arriving home at 11:30 pm Friday night. Stayed up all night gathering things up for the class the following day. Then driving the 90 minutes the following morning to Huron, SD for the class to start by 8 am.  The good news is that the class went well. The class was originally quilting up antique hankies to mount in a frame or use as a placemat.

I 20150919_112847taught some design techniques and free-motion quilting to use on their adorable old hankies.Hankie

I also gave a little show – n – tell of some of the goodies I brought back from San Antonio. IMG_20150919_111457_582

To end the crazy two week travel, I left the retreat early to drive 70 miles to a wedding!

A little jet lag today! Remembering the wonderful time down on the Riverwalk and Rosario’s and missing my new friends.

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Rich Color Study


Study in Over-dye

We had several different projects to work on. I learned some new discharge techniques as well as a study based on over dye.  The week went by so fast. Although I’m very tired, I wish I had one more day to play. It seems that just as the creative inspirations start to surface, it’s time to wrapped it up and come home.
This trip will be an especially sweet memory as  the Rich colors entered a special place within my heart. I learned more about myself, seeing my needs and my passions in a new light. Reaching a place that would’ve normally scared me to death, but actually going through the motions realizing that the special color was always there, I just needed to allow it to present itself.


Study in discharge


Only part of what I dyed and discharged


Hot and tired.

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Making New Friends and Feeling Young Again.



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Surface Design begins with COLOR!


20150225_093738 My little helper

I just Began a Mastery Study class with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio, TX. Her Mastery Program is designed so that we will meet twice a year over the next 2.5 years. I am so excited!

As you can see we are making our own color wheels. We have also been given homework including more color theory challenges. I am so excited! Color Theory has always been my passion!

Color Theory is one of the classes that I teach!

I believe that if I studied color everyday of my life, that I would still never know all there is to know about color! But, I’ll have fun learning, playing and experimenting!

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Trying out a Modern Twist

My image


This quilt was accepted into the Modern Quilt Showcase in Houston TX at the ISQS Nov 1 – 5 , 2014.  It was also accepted into the Quilt Con Modern Quilt Show in Austin TX Feb 18 – 21 2015

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Colorful Fall Trees

This past Fall I was inspired by the beautiful Fall foilage. I was also trying out some new fusible techniques, color theory and design principles.





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Fun With Dye

End OF A Beautiful Day

Arashi Shibori

Coming home

Thickened Dyes

Finding joy

I had so much fun using Thickened dyes!


Mono Printing and thickened dyes.

Mother and child

Inspired by my daughter Steph and her new born son.

Sun salutations

Using several layers of soy wax and dye.

We Are All Connected

Several Layers of soy wax and dye. I was inspired by a rock formation that looked as if faces were in the rocks. Impressed by the Native American belief that “We are all connected” in someway.

Live your life

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