Frequently Asked Questions
  • What inspires your work?
  • Do you teach workshops?
  • Are your patterns for sale?

What inspires your work?
Many things inspire my stitching.  We are very grateful to be able to live in North Carolina for part of the year, from late spring to early fall.  There are so many flowers growing in my garden that I only came to know in North Carolina:  black-eyed Susan, clematis, daylily, foxglove, cone flower, hollyhock, sweet pea, dogwood, trumpet vine, hydrangea, rhododendron… you get the idea.  Then there are the wildflowers that appear each spring for a very short time:  trout lily, trillium, lady slipper.  I love the birds that arrive every spring, visit the feeders, and raise their babies in my hanging baskets:  hummingbirds, juncos, chickadees, Carolina wrens, wood thrushes.  None of these birds or flowers were familiar to me during my childhood and most of my adulthood in sub-tropical South Florida.  The subtle colors of the Fall continue to amaze. 

Another source of inspiration comes from attending The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy where I have learned so much over the years.  Elly’s books and the quilts she has made or supervised offer great sources of inspiration.  Looking at antique quilts that are now housed in museums, particularly those attributed to Mary Simon, also provide ideas.

Do you teach workshops?
Yes.  Any of my patterns could easily be a one day or multi-day workshop. 

I was a guest artist in residence at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy in 2011 and a full-time faculty member in 2012.  I will be on the faculty again at the upcoming 2013 conference.

Are your patterns for sale?
Yes, I have three patterns currently ready for sale and several others on the way.  See the “patterns” tab on this blog for pictures and instructions on how to order.