1. Describe your signature style in 5 words: appliquéd, colorful, unusual, amusing, polished workmanship.
2. Do you ever work in another medium, and if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? No
3. What's coming up for you in the artistic world? My plan is to publish my second pattern, and publish a book in 2015 on my techniques.
4. Do you have any studio rituals? No. When I enter my studio to work, I get to work.
5. Who has inspired your artistic journey? Jean Ray Laury, Roberta Horton, Michael James, Yvonne Porcella.
6. What are five essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Great lighting, several Berninas, my 35 year old fabric stash, a great tools.
7. What is on your design table right now? Another intersecting rings quilt that will be on the cover of my second pattern.
8. How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc.? Sometimes I do not juggle them well at all! My family loves what I create, but they do not always appreciate the time and effort it takes to create original quilts. My friends are quilters and understand the same language I do!
9. Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)? No animals any more. I have taught a new friend the basic of quilting and she is now hooked. Perhaps we might be able to work together in the future.
10. What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Relections? I have hundreds (possibly thousands) of photographs from my childhood and parenthood. It was very difficult to sort through all these photographs and select the ones that held the essence I wanted for "Quelle Vie." Several were deleted when I realized some photographs needed to be larger than I had originally planned. The quilt's size, 24" X 60", can only hold so many photos! The "ah hah!" moment came when I chose the photograph of me sitting on a granite throne - a focal point was chosen.