My work utilizes saturated color, texture, and designs that transition from the traditional into the contemporary. Hand-dyed fabrics from many artists inspire my work and provide a surface for further embellishment. Recently, surface design implemented with paint, discharge agents, photo transfer, layering, and manipulation have been the main focus of my pieces.
Since the beginning of my quilting career in 1977, I have explored the many facets of quilting - for the wall, body, bed, office, and church. Writing and designing have been an important part of my work, with five books, many articles, and numerous contributions to major publications. Teaching is a passion, especially when it involves turning people on to new techniques and talents. My goal is to inform all people who view quilts of the myriad styles and functions of quilts and to empower students to express their own creative ideas through cloth, paint, and fiber.