Eighth grade art class introduced me to art and I haven’t been the same since. I went on to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art. It was being at home with children that pushed me into working with textiles. And it was my interest in fabric that led me to explore dyeing and patterning fabric.
For several years I worked primarily as a fiber artist and was lucky enough to be included in some very prestigious shows and publications among which were Visions, Quilt National, and Fiberarts: Design Book 7.
Fast forward a few years and I’m making more functional textiles, designing fabric for Moda Fabrics, teaching and lecturing, and writing two books, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.
I've designed for a host of other craft books and magazines and taught workshops across the country as well as online via Craftsy and CreativeLive.
These days my focus has shifted to creating and selling beautiful, one-of-a-kind hand dyed and patterned cotton fabrics, both quilting and apparel weight, to home sewers, designing sewing and quilting patterns to compliment those fabrics, and selling those items both online and at retail shows like QuiltCon and the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
I use an ancient process, batik or wax resist, to create modern fabric ideal for patchwork or garments. I love the intensity and luminosity of color this method affords. This saturation is created by soaking the fabric for long hours, often overnight. Add to that, these fabrics retain that rich hue even after many washings.They truly take your project to the next level. That bit of patchwork or skirt becomes something that's been crafted. It feels special above and beyond the fact that you sewed it yourself. Corny as this sounds, I think it's kind of magical.