Eden Prairie, MN, US

I am a contemporary quilter who specializes in thread-painting. I dye and paint my own fabric now, and use very little of my huge stash, so I have decided to have a garage sale for the members of the two quilt groups I belong to, since they will benefit from the cotton fabric I no longer use. I am going to keep my batiks and a few other fabrics that I love, but the rest is going to be sold to someone who can use it. I just retired from teaching quilting at two JoAnn stores and hope to have more time to quilt for me, instead of making samples. I will continue to go to people's houses to teach one-on-one, especially teaching children how to use a sewing machine and quilters how to free-motion quilt using my guaranteed method (if they can't free-motion quilt after the 2 hour session, they don't have to pay me. I have never had anyone not pay me because I have developed a sure-fire method of teaching free-motion). I also love to knit and I love to make cards. All of my interests center around making fiber art. I use paper and other unusual stuff in my quilts, including dryer sheets. I also love to use my needle-felting machine to make fiber art. And finally, I make one-of-a-kind purses for people. I do not have a website and do not want one because I would be tending to that instead of doing my art. I get enough clients from word of mouth, so I don't have to advertise. If I had too many more clients I wouldn't have time to do my fiber art, so I am very happy with my life the way it is.

craft interests: crochet, fashion, gifts, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing, fiber art

Member Since: 09/24/2010

recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: "The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook"

I would love to add this book to my sewing library. Burda is a trusted name in the sewing business and I am sure this book will live up to their high standards!

Re: How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

I love anything you make with paper. Keep thinking up ideas like this! I love your work.

Re: Recycled Paper Bead Jewelry- Earrings

I love your beads. I have never used magazine paper, I have used cloth that I have painted and other paper I have painted myself. I love the sheet music jewelry. Fabulous. Since I am The Thread Lady, I use lots of thread in my projects, no matter what I am creating. When I sew I never throw away my cut threads. I keep them and then chop them up and mix them with glittery stuff and put it between a layer of fabric on the bottom (depends on what I want that to be---it can be cotton or silk, or just about anything else I have around) and then I put a piece of gauze or chiffon over that. Then I do lots of thread-painting, including couching and bobbin-drawing and create a cloth that is unique. I often make this cloth into handbags or cut up parts of it and use it in a quilt. I think I will try using it in a piece of jewelry. I wonder what I can make? I'll have to experiment and let you know what I come up with.