Born into an artistic and tinkering family with deep roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I have been around the creative endeavors of music, sewing, gardening, painting, and metal work since childhood. After a lifetime of singing and a 30-year career in higher education and human services, I fell in love with capturing the beauty around us and combining words and fabric with free form quilting. Creating fiber art, wall hangings, religious paraments, and greeting cards, I live and work between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Working in new and recycled cotton and silk, I sew colorful cards, quilts, and projects for churches--each made one-at-a time. I love the challenge of making a quilt to highlight something special, fit in a specific place, or serve as a frame for words or a drawing. I welcome meaningful items or fabric to incorporate into any piece you invite me to make for you.
I love lyrics, poems, prayers, and scripture from many traditions. In a time of divisiveness around the world, I hope to open a window to understanding, generousity, tolerance, and kindness. I enjoy adding kind, uplifting words to quilts and cards. The quilt’s colors and design support and lift up words that encourage, comfort, and teach. Words often catch our attention and slow us all down as we take a moment to stop and read. I hope that my work reminds us of our connections to each other and to all that is good in our complicated world. By using written lyrics and Scripture as part of my quilts, I place music, visual art, and quilting into conversation.