Peacock tails

Dream tonight of peacock tails, diamond fields and spouter whales.  Ills are many, blessings few, but dreams tonight will shelter you.

Herman Melville


The quilt is about 54″x54″.  The background is stonehenge ombre.  The peacock tails are a beautiful digital print.  The peacocks are highlighted on the quilt with metallic thread to make them pop.  The piece is hand appliqued and hand quilted.





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Sea Turtles

The Turtle’s teachings are so beautiful. So very special. It teaches us that everything you are, everything you need and everything you bring to the world is inside you, not external, and you carry it with you, and are not limited to a place, space or time.      Eileen Anglin

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This piece is 54″ x54″.  It is hand appliqued with embroidered outlines to highlight the design.  It is hand quilted.


Close up of highlighting on waves.


Closeup of highlighting on turtles.  Fabric is commercially available batiks.  Completed early 2019.


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Kaleidoscope of Life

“Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

I lost a good friend recently and also finished a new quilt.  My friend reminds me of how tentative and precious life is and how we all must be aware of those around us and not let time pass without acknowledging and affirming them.

The quilt reminds me of the kaleidoscopes that surround us daily.


The quilt is approximately 52 inches (almost square).  The central portion is hand appliqued and highlighted with embroidered outlining in contrasting colors.  It is also hand quilted.


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Turning, Turning, Turning

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.  Max Lerner

The central design is a variation on and early Celtic (500-350BC) Waldalgesheim pattern.
The applique method is back basted hand applique.  The piece is 54’x54″.  It is hand quilted.  It was completed in 2018.

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

A legacy of the Age of Enlightenment, the motto “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” first appeared during the French Revolution.

This quilt was inspired by many ideas that have been swirling in my head during the last couple of years.  The applique in the center is formed by joining several fleurs di lis and surrounded by the French words.  The Fleurs di lis are hand appliqued and the letters are machine appliqued.  One of the inspirations was seeing the many buildings that have the French motto emblazoned on the front when traveling through France.


In the last few years I have been doing some family genealogy.  Through the process, I have traced one line of my family back to the Loire Valley in France.  They were wine growers and did water transport on the Loire River.  They were French Huguenots.  In the mid 1600’s, Louis Quatorze, the Sun King, rescinded the Edict of Nantes, which had given French protestants citizenship.  At that time,  my family left France and settled in America along the James River, where they continued to ply their family trade.  I added the outside border of the quilt to symbolize the reason that my family ended up coming to America.



The quilt is 54″x54″.  It is hand quilted and has both hand and machine applique.






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A View of Infinity

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

This piece started with a beautiful hand dyed fabric made by a friend of mine.  At first glimpse, you might think that it’s a midnight blue – then the diversity of colors and shades becomes gradually apparent.  As with so many pieces that I come by,  I just can’t bring myself to cut them up into little pieces, but need to find a way to be able to see and enjoy the entirety of the piece.


The applique overlaying the hand dyed piece is once again, a variation on the Celtic Waldalgesheim pattern dated between 500-350 BC.  It is reversed appliqued.  As the design came to life, as I was working on it, it also reminded me of the ancient Welsh story of Arianrhod – Goddess of the Silver Wheel.  It was said that Arionrhod was able to shape shift into a large owl, and through the great eyes, was able to see into the darkness of human subconsciousness and the soul.  This owl is winking suspiciously!


The piece is 28 x 42 inches.  It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.


The last two photos are to get a closer look at the depth in the underneath fabric.

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We are the World

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Maya Angelou

I’m a little late for the celebration of Martin Luther King day, but I’ve been concerned about our moving away from from diversity and inclusiveness for a long time.  This newest quilt celebrates for me the diversity and inclusiveness that we all need to recognize and work toward.


The background fabric is a large map of the world.  The overlaid design (a celtic Waldalgeheim pattern circa 500o-350 BC variation) is reversed appliqued onto the map.  the four immediated edges to the quilt are small seminole pieced designs, blending world and American ideas.


The quilt is 55 X 63 inches.  It is machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted.

My hope is to see the peoples of the world supporting and loving each other, instead of dividing into us vs. them!

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