tiny stitches, big dream
Every quilt is a gift to the world. For the maker, it’s a creative meditation. For the receiver, it’s usually awe. In every way, quilting is a profound and positive activity.
My big dream is to see the Northwest recognized as a major quilting center in the US. Ultimately that will take aligning people, resources and perceptions.
I import vintage Japanese textiles that I sell to quilters, sewing gals and textile lovers. It’s great to connect with others as they discover these remarkable hand-dyed fabrics.
My book, East-Meets-West Quilts: Explore Improv with Japanese-Inspired Designs, releases in October 2017.
Today the heart of Okan Arts, my design studio and micro yukata cotton shop, resides in my Seattle home.
Liz Logan of Collecting Culture interviewed me about my over-the-top yukata cotton collection, the role of yukata cotton in Japanese culture, and finding textile treasures in Japan.
my quilting work includes:
- making artisan quilts
- speaking at guilds and sharing my passion for design and yukata cottons
- leading workshops and retreats
- teaching classes that push quilters’ creative buttons
- Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA)
- La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum
- Plymouth Piece Makers
- Seattle Modern Quilt Guild
- Studio Art Quilt Associates
- APWQ 2012 Regional Show, Tacoma WA
- Quilt Festival 2012-2014, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum WA
- Family Guy—First Place, Original Design Nonrepresentational Wall Quilt, La Conner Quilt Festival 2013
- Coming of Age, Anne Focke Galleries, Seattle City Hall, Spring 2017
- Revealing The Hidden, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Spring 2015
- Best of Fest, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Fall 2013
- Co-chair, Light Show exhibit, National Quilt Museum, Paducah Fall 2017
- Co-chair of QuiltArt Symposium—a national event focusing on the future of art quilts in April 2016
- President of Contemporary QuiltArt Association, 2014-2015
- Instigator and coordinator of StashFest 2012, 2013 and 2014—the spring fundraiser for La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum