Although I've been a quilter for nearly twenty years, it is only in the past five years that I have discovered my passion for appliqué. I have always loved antique textiles and it is these designs from the 18th and 19th centuries that inspire me most. This inspiration source, coupled with my self-taught appliqué methods result in original and highly textured quilts. The appliqué, embroidery and quilting is all done by hand and each quilt will take on average between 1000 and 2000 hours to complete. In addition, I sew on hundreds of crystals, beads and seed pearls to subtly enhance the design. My method of appliqué results in flowers that appear stuffed and I heavily echo quilt the background by hand to further enhance the textural look and feel of the quilt.
I feel very lucky to have received such an appreciative audience for my work and I have won several major national (Canadian) and international awards. My work has appeared in many international quilting magazines. I was the featured quilter in American Quilter Magazine September 2009, in The Quilt Life April 2011 and in Quilters' Newsletter December 2011. Additionally my quilts were selected to be the cover page for Quilters' Newsletter magazine December 2011, American Quilter's Society Winter/Spring 2011 catalogue, C&T Publishing's Spring 2011 Catalogue, Canadian Quilter Winter 2010 Edition. My quilts were featured in the IQA 2010 Award Winning Quilts Calendar and the AQS 2012 Wall Calendar.
My book Beautiful Botanicals gives step by step details on the construction
of 45 of my flower designs and instructions for 14 projects, from pillows to
wallhangings. The flowers in the designs are scaled to be interchangeable in
the designs; quilters can either replicate the project identically, or change to make their own original piece.