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Dance Of The Twirly Girls

53"l x 43"w

September 2018

This quilt is dedicated to my Aunt Esther and Aunt Helen. They slipped their earthly bounds within a month of each other in early 2018. I needed to put my sadness somewhere so, I pulled out the fuchsia top that I had painted that previous summer and turned my sadness into joy.  These  fuchsia blossoms were at least 4-5" long and danced in the wind.  While stitching, I thought of my aunties twirling around in a joyous dance. They are the Twirly Girls.

Method:  Whole-cloth painted silk, heavy free motion machine quilting

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Spectacular Miss Scarlett

40"l x 20"w

July 2017

Miss Scarlett is dressed and ready for the ball. I love the velvety texture of the the lower petals (Falls) and the light and airy upper petals (standard). I had not seen this variety of Bearded Iris before and wanted to capture is frilly beauty.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse, Fused Turned Edge Applique on Hand Dyed Cotton. Machine Quilted.

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My Rhodie

54"l x 46"w

March 2017

This quilt is a tribute to my Mom and Dad. My Mom is a master gardener and my childhood home landscape is dominated by old growth Douglas Firs and Rhododendrons. It is a truly beautiful sight to see them all in bloom in the spring.That spring,  I got to spend time with my Dad at the Rhododendron Gardens in Portland, Oregon. This quilt is based on one of the photographs I took that day. 

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks

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Blue Anemone

39"l x 64"w

September 2016

I always loved the deep colors of blue anemone (hymalayan) poppies and I knew that one day I would create one in fabric. I was visiting my Mom in Oregon and one day we went to one of her favorite nurseries. They had some of the most beautiful red, orange and blue anemones growing. This quilt is based on one of those photographs. 

The challenge of this quilt for me was creating the subtle nuances of the color changes the lights and shadows within the flower.

Method:  Whole-cloth painted silk, heavy free motion machine quilting

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Beauty Is In The Blues

41"l x 34"w

March 2016

I am inspired by the beauty of nature, specifically botanical imagery. I strive to create realistic floral representations in my quilts. While visiting family, I was lucky to visit “Schreiner’s Iris Display Garden” when the garden was in full bloom. While there, I took numerous photographs of all the flowers growing in the garden. A true blue Iris called "Victoria Falls"  became  the inspiration for “Beauty Is In the Blues”. I was amazed on how striking the petals were and I loved the variety of color in the leaves.

While, I was painting the Iris,  I was having my windows replaced in my home. The workers were fascinated by my creation and come by just to watch me and give me “suggestions".

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks

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A Passion For Purple

32"l x 37"w

August 2014

The "Iris Display Garden" is a magical place nestled among the 200 acres that comprises the Schreiner family Iris farm in Keizer Oregon. In addition to the beds of Irises, many different varieties of flowers call the garden home. I was lucky enough to visit during the  spring/early summer when the garden was in full bloom. In the center of the garden, several different spices of Clematis vines were climbing up a arbor trellis. This clematis bloom caught my eye. It was a very large bloom that seemed to be reaching out to sun.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks

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Tiger Lily

19"l x 24"w

August 2014

My Mom gave all her “Girls” Flower Names. Tiger Lily was the first flower name my Mother gave. My sister Kathy is the eldest of Five daughters. I think she was t named for the character in Peter Pan.  

Method:  Whole-cloth painted silk, heavy free motion machine quilting

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Portlandia On My Mind

34"l x 53"w

March 2014

I am an Oregonian no matter where I reside. When I learned the International Quilt Association was launching new Quilt Show to be held in the “City of Roses", I wanted to create a rose quilt to honor my home and my family. A desire that a small piece of “me” could be shared with my family and friends.

This quilt is inspired by a photograph I took during a summer visit to the "The International  Rose Test Garden". The terraced gardens are located within the 450 acre Washington Park Complex and is home to over 550 varieties of roses overlooking downtown Portland area, the Willamette River and East Portland. On clear days, Mt. Hood is also visible on the eastern horizon.

As my daughter and I  strolled up and down the rows of glorious blooms, we marveled at the beauty at surrounded us and how the air was  perfumed with scent. We took many photographs that day but I was particularly drawn to this rose. It was in full bloom. Visually, I loved the many color variations this particular rose possessed. I enjoyed how the light played against the light pink petals giving a luminous glow and the deep rich reds of the outer petals cupping the base of the bloom. The buds were so striking with their ribbons of chartreuse and deep reds. To me it is the perfect rose to represent Portlandia, the home of my heart.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks.

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Yellow Mellow in Paradise

21"l x 34"w

January 2014

On vacation in Cancun Mexico, I found this beautiful yellow Hibiscus growing on the property of the resort where I was staying. It seemed to glow. I wanted to capture that in a quilt. I had so much fun working with all these beautiful shades of yellow. 

This was my first Cover and I was the featured Artist in the issue:

Machine Quilting Unlimited, Vol.XIV, No 5,Meander Publishing Inc., September/October 2014, Featured Artist, Beautiful Botanicals, page 48

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks in a variety of browns and greys.

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Dazzling Dahlia

32"l x 58"w

June 2013

I am constantly taking photographs of the beautiful flora I encounter on my travels. On a trip to Oregon, I took a number of photographs of the many beautiful Dahlias that grow in the Willamette Valley. I was amazed at the variety of shape and size of these magnificent flowers. This is one of them.

During the creation of this quilt I had a creative epiphany. I was frustrated with the raw edges around the appliquéd flowers. I created a technique that uses Mistyfuse spun fusible web (glue) sewn around the perimeter of the applique  which gives a smooth turned edge.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with a turned edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks in a variety of greens and pinks.

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Oh Canna

29"l x 18"w

October 2012

This quilt  was made  for the 2013 Art In Fiber Exhibition at The Copper Shade Tree Gallery, Round Top Texas. 

 23 Texas Artisans were Selected to Participate. Karey Bresenhan was the Juror.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with raw edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks in a variety of greens.

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Pretty In Pink

21"l x 20"w

August 2012

Created for the International Quilt Association 2012 Silent Auction, Houston Texas. I was in Oregon when I was requested to make a quilt for International Quilt Associations Annual silent auction at the World Of Beauty Judged Show and Festival. I had 3 weeks to make and ship it.  I already had the background made, so I quickly painted a Pink lily applique and  then stitched it.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with raw edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks in a variety of greens, turquoise and blues with a layer of Angelina Fibers.

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Heidi's Schlowers

32"l x 45"w

May 2012

When we were children my Mother gave each of her children a flower name. I told myself that I would make a quilt for each of my siblings depicting their special flower.

When I was a child my family took a trip to Disneyland. My baby sister Heidi was fascinated by the singing flowers. She called them Schlowers. When it was time to make her flower quilt, I knew it had to be a Schlower. The problem was... what was a Schlower?  Then, on a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico in 2010, my friends and I went to a Mexican Cultural park called “Xcaret”. While there, we visited their Orchid hothouse.  Wandering through the aisles, I came upon the most beautiful Orchid I ever seen. It was a Cattleya Orchid. The flowers were 4-5 inches in diameter. The colors were magnificent. When I saw this Orchid, I knew my search for the perfect “Schlower” was over. This is for you Heidi Biedy Boo...I love you.

When I finished the quilt I sent her a picture on Facebook. She responded with “MINE! MINE! MINE! I just guessing but I think she was happy.

Method: Hand Painted Silk Charmeuse with raw edge applique.The background is made of a confetti of cotton batiks in a variety of greens, browns and greys.

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Purple Iris Series triptic

each panel, 24"l x 12"w

February 2012

Private Collection

 

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Black Pearls

each panel, 14"l x 12"w

November 2011

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Xcaret Orchid Blossoms ll

47"l x 36"w

March 2012

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Xcaret Orchid Blossoms l

36"l x 48"w

April 2011

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Snow Lily

13"l x 13"w

November 2011

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A Certain Perpective

13"l x 13"w

November 2011

Private Collection

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Day Lily Dream

46"l x 30"w

February 2011

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Christmas Poinsettia

32"l x 20"w

December 2010

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Nuts

11"l x 14"w

December 2010

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Yellow Lily

21"l x 21"w

October 2010

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Golden Fields

22"l x 29"w

September 2010

Private Collection

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Jeanene's Sweetie Peas

40"l x 29"w

July 2010

Private Collection

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Artichokes In Bloom

37"l x 44"w

August 2010

Private Collection

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Cheryl's Coneflower Medley

18"l x 48"w

April 2010

Private Collection

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Three's Company

46"l x 36"w

April 2010

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A Secret Garden Discovered

43"l x 20"w

January 2010

Private Collection

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For The Love Of Irises

36"l x 19"w

November 2009

Private Collection

 

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Coneflower Triad

18"l x 24"w

November 2009