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SAQA Trunk Show 2017


For a few years now, I’ve been a member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). However, the intensity of engagement really changed with my first yearly conference in Portland.

Keep Portland Weird

“Fiberlandia” 2015 was THE big event to get me involved.

FIBERLANDIA Conference 2015

In 2016, the big conference was in Philadelphia, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to travel to the East Coast. Walking the city and it’s historic places was quite an experience.

But whats happening at every conference is a Spotlight Auction.

2015 donation of Jenny Lyon (Quiltskipper)

2015 donation of Jenny Lyon (Quiltskipper)

Aution Tag

This year won’t be different. My piece is coming along just fine…
in my  mind…
good to have a deadline!

However, I did manage to finish my artwork for the 2017 Trunk Show,
which will have it’s debut at the SAQA Conference in
Lincoln, Nebraska (April 26-29, 2017).


My thoughts pulled me over and over into the current emotional political environment.
It became clear, no matter whats’s your language, religion, origin or color of your skin, we’re all intertwined.




Quick, quick — I’ll be talking at the PVQ quilt guild. The meeting will be 7pm at the Mt. View Community Center
3505 122nd Ave E, Edgewood, WA 98372

Upcoming Saturday, I’ll be giving a Powerpoint presentation at the Northwest Quilt Connection. I’ll also have many of my real quilts to see up close and, – yes- to touch!

Date:  Saturday, January 14

Time:  The meeting begins at 10:00

Place:  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9th & “M” Streets in Anacortes (Note: the place has changed from the usual meeting place)  The entrance is on “M” -there is a single glass door that leads to the basement of the church.

Please, if you’re in the area of Anacortes, join us!

Tired of rain and November gray?
Need a jolt of color? – Come to Issaquah!

See real quilts, made by incredible talented and patient local quilt makers – 240+ beautiful quilts on display!

Hurry up! Come and see my work as the featured artist’s.

… and of course a great crosscut of vendors and find your treasure at our members’ Boutique.
Something for everyone and anyone!

Issaquah Community Center, November 11, 12, 13.
Friday, Saturday from 10 am- 5 pm, Sunday 10-4 pm


Below is just a small sample of my work:

Happy Daisy

Happy Daisy

Green Daisy

Green Daisy

Contemporary Amish Center Square

at the

Washington State Historical Museum
Tacoma WA

April 16 – August 21, 2016

What a great way to spend some time with your visiting family and friends in Tacoma. Three major museums in arms length: the Tacoma Art Museum, the Glass Museum and the Washington State History Museum.
The new exhibit at the WSHM just opened last weekend. The Seattle based Contemporary ArtQuilt Association (CQA) is celebrating it’s 30 years of existence: 37 juried Artists show 69 pieces of work, beautifully arranged, nicely lit and very accessible! You are in for more than a good piece of Washingtonian history in this  grand building.

Here is a review by the Tacoma newpaper thenewstribune.com

Plan ahead and park your car just off the freeway I-5 at the Park&Ride next to the Tacoma Dome. Hop on the FREE lightrail to access all of down town Tacoma. But wait, there is even more… if you walk a few more steps, there is a Children’s Museum at the corner of the next block, and on Broadway are many galleries. Of course, plenty of options for lunch or dinner are all in walking distance.

On the walls within the exhibit are 4 of my pieces.


Golden Ratio II and Golden Ratio (detail below) are a visual representations of the Fibonacci Principle: “In the arts and mathematics, the Golden Ratio is a geometrical proportion based on a specific ratio, whereby the whole (i.e. the sum of the two parts) is to the larger part as the larger part is to the smaller part. 1:1:2:3:5:8:13:21:34:55:89:144 . . .”

Golden Ratio: Detail of the 1" inner squares

Golden Ratio: Detail of the 1″ inner squares



April 16, 2007, I woke up to the news from shootings at a college. As the day unfolded, more dreadful news from Virginia Tech came in.
This is my visual of thirty-two completely innocent people who have lost their lives that day.

Detail of the hand stitiching.
Materials & Techniques: Silk frame in colors of VT.
The center is a piece of solid black Kona cotton, folded clamped discharged, hand embroidered and quilted with wool thread.

Detail of Moor :: Heather

Detail of  Moor :: Heather

Blooming heather in masses is one of the most intense experiences in a wetland or moor. Growing up in Germany, visiting the Lüneburger Heide left me with a deep memory of that color. Today, most of these landscapes are endangered, and will need much awareness and protection.

Materials & Technique: Hand-dyed cotton (by the artist), Dupioni silk, commercial cotton.
Pieced by machine, facing applied & quilted with domestic sewing machine.

At the 2015 International Quilt Festival in La Conner, WA, two of my quilts were honored with awards.

Way back in June, I entered “Moor :: Heather” in the in category “Original Abstract Wall Quilt”  and “South of the Border” in category “Original Nonrepresentational Wall”.

Moor :: Heather

I’m tickled pink, – looking at the first quilt, quite literally-, because it’s the second time I’m getting an award for one of my “quilts with holes”.
It made a 2nd Place.
Its all ruler-free, improv-curvy cutting (see “Teaching”), effectively slicing-in two different silks and Kaffe Fassett’s woven stripes (love those!).
And as several times before, when I thought its a really finely finished top, I made holes in it.

Now, how about the intense pink, or is it fuchsia, or just heather?


Detail of Moor :: Heather

A while ago, I took a workshop on hand-dying cottons…
…however, the class was meant to do graduated dye baths in series… but this didn’t appeal too much to me, so I started systematically crunching up my 1/2-yd. cuts and stuffing it into small tubs. (Note: I like the big lidded tubs you buy peanuts or such party snacks at Costco).

It’s important to carefully poor “layers” of the different colored dye solutions. I screw the lid back on as tight as possible (be prepared for minor spills…don’t ask how I know), and turn all so carefully once the closed tub, making sure some, but not all dyes are mingling. And YES, there is some good portion of luck involved.

When I opened the fabrics, the colors of this hand-dyed’ surprised me with a strong memory of a sea of blooming heather in the Lüneburger Heide in Northern Germany.

South of the Border


The other quilt, – not lesser in color impact, but mostly yellow-orange-red, did even better:

Award of Excellence Domestic Machine Quilting.

I named this quilt aptly “South of the Border“, because when I was quilting, pictures and music of Mexico kept swirling in my head.

south of the BorderThere is a so much movement, and patterns of zigzags like the woven edges of sombreros of lace-lined swinging skirts. The center is basically a small painted whole-cloth quilt, placed on the pieced quilt.

South of the Border, Detail







All the fabrics in the “tangy-orangy” pieced background are Judy Robertson’s hand-dyed’s
(available at Just Imagination).
I love her fabrics, she’s doing such good work, -always high quality-, and it gives me the freedom not to feel the need to dye yardage in my own house

Working with lots and lots of dye can be problematic if your house isn’t on the city sewer. The bacteria in your septic tank(s) do NOT like the amount of salt and other chemicals you must use for hand-dying. Small amounts are o.k., but never yardage.

For the past several years, every month, I received a beautiful yard of her hand-dyed fabric via mail. You can sign up for her “Yard of the Month Club”. It’s affordable, supports a small business owner and over time, will give you a substantial stash in all kind of colors to pick from. Once you’ve enough of this stuff, you’ll get fearless!
This might be just the perfect cure for the panic many quilters feel when it comes to actually CUTTING into this oh-so precious stuff.

…oh, and the newest tell about this quilt is, it’ll travel to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, to be exhibited within the most prestigious quilt show in Brazil: Rio Patchwork Design 2016.


New Experience: Teaching

I’m always ready to learn something new.
. . . but I’m usually in the seat behind the rows of desks, with a bunch of other students, watching the action up front.

Then, last year, after I was the featured artist at the quilt show, it felt kind of natural when the program chair at my local quilt guild (600+ members), asked me hold a workshop. I spontaneously said YES! – why not?
We set the date to April.
Not much later, the inner voice started talking back, – it sunk into my brain… What? Was I ready?
Sure, I previously did some 8-students small-class teaching of machine quilting, and that went well, but this is different. Most students are not from my circle of friends and it’s a paying job! No space for failure.

Never mind, I did’t have anything prepared or even worked out the topic.
A bloody beginner… But, with months to go, I started to plan the – to me – most frighting thing:
Standing in front of many and teaching!

However, planning seems a good thing, but so far in advance, everything felt very hypothetical.
So I did what I do very well, procrastinating. The clock ticked on, days and months came and went, my mind kept mulling for a solution, a “road map”. I knew I had to break it down into steps and make samples.
It got much easier when I pulled out all the quilts I’ve made, using this basic technique. I found, they all look very different, – that’s the key. I was happy to start sewing my samples.

The class filled up quickly, even got to a “wait list”.
Then, last Saturday, it happened for the first time. I was standing behind the front desk, facing a class of 20 eager students, teaching how I piece my “organic” looking art quilts, and how not to be frightened by “making a hole” (or more) into a perfectly fine quilt top!

All the planning didn’t commute anything close to the exhilarating atmosphere of students,
watching me and every move I made, taking notes of tiny details, asking questions and clicking cameras to memorize the samples for later. We had a very good vibe in the class, lot of laughter and Ah-Ha-moments.
By the end of the day, every single student made a substantial piece of work and each person truly understood the processes.

When I’m a student myself, I rarely have the feeling there will be finished work to show some day.
My students did not just make a sample destined to disappear in a dark drawer forever.
I’m looking forward to next year’s quilt show.

To sum it up in short:
I learned so much, – and I’m loving it!


It’s that time of the year, –  quilt show time! Come and visit the 500+ quilts on display for you.

Beautiful hand applique, the Piece'o Cake-way.

Beautiful hand applique, the Piece’o Cake-way.

Piece'o Cake design in modern fabrics

Piece’o Cake design in well chosen modern fabrics

You will enjoy all the color, the skills, the many techniques and styles. 2015 Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show

More beautiful applique.

More beautiful applique.

Quilters Anonymous clearly has some of the finest hand appliqueer. Don't miss the excellent choices of quilting in this quilt

Quilters Anonymous clearly has some of the finest hand appliqueer. Don’t miss the excellent choices of quilting in this quilt

Lets not forget all the great shopping possibilities at our 26 vendors.

My fascination for scrap quilts finds here a place to look around. So much to to see and take in what one can do with a few (or more, or many) fabric scraps. Color, value and shape play off nicely.

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If anyone needed some mood lifting and a jolt of color…

…this was the venue: the gallery of
The Island Quilter
was exhibiting my quilts in a stunning show for the full month of December 2014. It all started with the “Vashon Island First Friday Art Walk”. Even this gallery isn’t a official participant of the art walk, it’s location in the middle of Vashon makes it hard to miss for the walkers and strollers.

The Island Quilter
The spacious and well lit gallery allowed to step back and take in the works as a whole, but the intricate workmanship on each quilt invited the visitor to see it up close. Some people got even very up close!

The Island Quilter

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On display was also brand new works like “Moor :: Heather” (which will be on display within a CQA exhibit at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum from March – July, 2015)
Portrait with Heather -no power outlet
and “Botanica” (see previous post for close up’s),

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but also quilts from my humble beginnings roughly 12 years ago. Yes, that’s the kind of classic quilts you’d expect and comes up in most peoples mind when they hear the word “quilt”.

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Left to right: Winter – Honeymoon (top) – Tuscan Air (below) – Persistence (Shop Hop 2013) – Lisa’s Posies – Sunny Flowers – Tulip Festival – Bifidu’s Tutti Frutti


Even my family has “quilted” needs, so very now and then, I seriously enjoy to make a what I call “utility quilt”. It allows me to keep my skills sharp, – a very much enjoyable side effect of these classics.

The “Vashon Island First Friday Art Walk” is always a good idea to get out, enjoy and evening and see stuff you’d not thought of, yet. Have dinner at The Hardware Store and keep walking, the gallery of The Island Quilter is only a few steps south of it. Check out the line-up of current and future shows.

Starting this Friday, the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is having 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival! Come and visit from October 3-5, 2014.

I’m so excited, the director of the Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival just notified me my quilt Botanica has won an award.

— NOTE added —-  The quilt has been awarded with the Award of Excellence in Domestic Home Quilting and 1st place in it’s category.

— NOTE added —-  The quilt has been awarded with 3. Place Innovative Wall Applique at 2015 Road to California.

Full view of the finished Botanica

Full view of the finished Botanica

It doesn’t say what kind of award… so I’ll have to wait until Thursday evening for the preview party at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA.

See the leaves and the hand quilting in the detail view of Botancia?

See the leaves and the hand quilting in the detail view of Botancia? I love Hawaiian-style hand quilting. The flower boards are quilted separately with extra batting underneath  before I layered for machine quilting. One could say it’s a kind of “trapunto”.

The hand appliqué of the flower “boards” started many years ago in a appliqué class with Becky Goldsmith. Everybody knows, really good hand appliqué takes a long time to master. It took perseverance and practice to make my stitches disappear, smooth curves, keep the sharp points sharp and valleys safe and not distorted.  To keep it interesting, – in maybe a stroke of genius -, I started the work on the very bright yellow background.  To add even more variety, I split and pieced them together from different yellows like trimmed 4-patches. Turned out, the bright color disengaged the classic flower and well-known design from Becky, which has been published in print and DVD of Appliqué. But the samples are mostly on classic and very “quilty” fabrics. It became clear to me, any classic sashing or framing was not an option as a setting. I tried to imagine the extraordinary.

And here are a few images of my working progress:

Making of Botanica

The real kick came when I layered it on the hand-dyed fabrics from Judy Robertson, a renowned hand-dyer in Western Washington.

Sewing the orange silk veins on my Bernina.

A lot of work went into the sewing the orange silk veins on my Bernina. Prepping all the fuzzy silk from a pile of silk scraps took me a long time. From the bigger pieces of the silk I created leaves to be appliquéd and made up 3-dimensional leaves for top stitching later.

The addition of the dark shadows make the piece really pop (compare the beginning of the work pictures). All of a sudden, three dimensions appear.

Layering on batting and backing, - getting ready for quilting! I love the look of the dark shadows, the design looks like its floating above it all.

Layering on batting and backing, – getting ready for quilting! I love the look of the dark shadows, the design looks like its floating above it all.

As always, the quilting is the crown-jewel of the finished piece.

Botanica, detail



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