Machine and hand appliqué, three-dimensional curtains, hat and letter, free-motion embroidery, airbrushing and thread painting.
Inspired by the loss of a loved one and a newspaper clipping found in an old book of my grandmother's.

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Machine and hand appliqué, beadwork, machine and free-motion embroidery, airbrushing, hand dyed fabric and thread painting
Commissioned by the Howard Community Center in Burlington, VT, this quilt incorporates several ideas and symbols the staff requested go into the design. Each of the 150 tree leaves is signed by a member of the Center.

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Machine and hand appliqué, beadwork, machine embroidery, silk painting and thread painting.

 

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Machine and hand appliqué, beadwork, machine and free-motion embroidery, hand dyed fabric and thread painting. To represent droplets of water and dew on the branches, twigs, leaves, and strands of the spider web, I used hundreds of glass beads. The squirrels and mice are three-dimensional, made entirely by free-motion thread work. The butterflies, dragonflies, spider, and some of the leaves are three-dimensional. For the baby's cradle quilt I made a real cradle-size log-cabin quilt-top with binding.
Inspired by paintings from John Everett Millais and Thomas Wood and a movie called "The Secret of the Roan Inish" about 
a toddler who was cared for by seals and lived in a cradle that floated on the sea.

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Machine appliqué, beadwork, machine embroidery and thread painting.

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A 'raw edges' technique with no border or binding and then satin-stitched the uneven quilt edges.

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Machine appliqué, beadwork, machine embroidery, thread painting and painting on silk. An original adaptation of a pre-Raphaëlite painting by English artist Herbert Draper. The quilt depicts a sea-shore scene, where a young mermaid opens a giant seashell to find a tiny baby asleep inside instead of a pearl.

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Machine and hand appliqué, machine embroidery and thread painting.
Original adaptation of a pre-Raphaëlite painting, by English artist John Waterhouse, of a scene from Shakespeare's play, The Tempest.

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Machine piecing, machine appliqué, machine embroidery and thread painting. In order to depict the brush strokes of Van Gogh's distinctive style, I used manually-controlled satin stitching (free-motion technique),which is seen mainly around the moon and stars and in the sky.

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From a flower block pattern by Laura Heine.

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Adapted from a painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

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