I blame my scrap quilting on my grandmother. I can’t help being scrappy – it’s genetic. When my sisters and I were teen-agers, my grandmother presented us each with a 9-patch quilt made from the corduroy scraps of all the clothes she had made for us during our childhood. I loved that quilt … Continue Reading

When I doodled as a kid, I preferred drawing cartoons rather than realistic images. That may be why when I decided to make my Marching Ladies I didn’t try to make a “representational” quilt. My Marching Ladies are fabric “stick” people – You get the idea without the realistic detail. For all of us out … Continue Reading

My braided strippy is the last of the squirrels that filled my design wall for months. It’s pinned and I’m handquilting it with big stitch. When I shared it with my modern group, Kristen – @mamacatquilts, posted a picture of it on IG and called it “Fern’s braid gone rogue quilt.” Hmmmm….. I liked that … Continue Reading

There’s nothing like a deadline to help one focus. Since my last post I adopted an aggressive “squirrel abatement plan,” finishing my my multiple projects in time for a show with my friend, Linda Race, a collage artist, that went up on July 1, at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley. The first finish was my … Continue Reading

  Ok, I don’t literally have squirrels in my studio. The “squirrels” I’m referring to are the multiple projects I have at the moment – in assorted stages of completion. I admit, it’s not unusual for me to have 2-3 projects in progress at one time – some chaos is normal for me – but … Continue Reading

Intuition: the act or faculty of knowing or sensing without use of rational process I definitely quilt by intuition. Even predicting what inspires me is not a “rational process.” I don’t find a pattern and go from there. Most often my quilts evolve from an idea, an inspiration, playing in my scrap bin or a … Continue Reading

My answer to the age old question is – the chicken(s) came first. Both of the chickens in my Baskets and Chickens quilt were made in 2010 at an Empty Spools workshop with Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. They were “spare parts” and lived in my bin of chicken fabric as I collected….. and collected….. … Continue Reading

2016 was quite a year – exhilarating and exhausting, long and short all at the same time. The year started off with an article and my quilts, Willy Nilly Triangles and Peet’s Cup, published in the January edition of AQS magazine.   My 2016 new year’s goal was to have this new website up and … Continue Reading

I like to work with scraps or smallish pieces of fabric. Most of my quilts are made from many small pieces of fabric (1/2 yards to less than a fat quarter) rather than yardage. I like to believe I do a good job keeping my scraps sorted and contained within two, three-drawer rolling carts. The … Continue Reading

  Off and on, for much of the past summer I’ve been working on a medallion quilt. I knew how I wanted it to look in my head – but it took a bit of trial and error to become an actual quilt top.     It all started with this beautiful piece of floral fabric. … Continue Reading