I have loved creating Valentines since I was in Elementary School.
Covering a Special Box and heading out to school to pass out
Valentines is one of my favorite memories!
These sweet little Quilted Hearts were created by quilting two half yard pieces of Variegated Batik Fabric with decorative machine stitches. One piece of fabric was shades of pink and one was in red tones.
I created a clear plastic heart shaped template and carefully selected areas of the design to trace and cut out.
The two yards produced 24 hearts.
I cut a second larger heart template and made 24 hearts out of stiff felt.
Then each quilted heart was sew onto stiff felt and embellished with buttons and sequined.
On my computer I created a message, printed it out, cut around the little messages and glued them to the back of the heart.
Since I wanted to also mail cards, I photographed a pile of the hearts and made 4x6" prints, glued onto pink card stock as cards.
A trip to Deer Isle Maine resulted in two of my favorite photos. One has been the inspiration for several works produced already and the other is "on the drawing" board for work in 2014.
I have produced from the photo of the three pink Lupine a large Art Wall Quilt, a smaller wall quilt and a Wall Doll. The large art quilt was selected as the publicity photo for our Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Arts Guilt annual show at the Cincinnati Nature Center.
I'm looking for to a New Year of more Lupine Inspired Art!
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. In fact, I loved the “art room” during my school days so much that I grew up to be an art teacher.
I received a Masters Degree from the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Which makes me a BEARCAT Fan!
I went on to spend 32.7 years in public school art education, the last 21 years in a middle school art room.
My current works of art include bead embellished art quilts, figurative art in cloth, mostly Mermaids, elaborate clothing and accessories.
My art dolls have been published in
Soft Dolls and Animals July 2004
Quilting Arts Magazine Summer 2003 and Summer 2005
Art Doll Quarterly Winter 2007
Doll Crafter and Costuming March and May 2007
I am an active member of the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists, the Weavers Guild of Cincinnati and I have been a member of River City Figurative Artists' Guild for eight years.