If you are interested in purchasing any of the available quilts below,  go to my profile page and use the email address listed there to contact me. You can click on each picture to get a larger version.
Flying Bikinis 2012 (10" X 23.75")
Pieced silk sari strips, bias strips, machine applique, hand and machine quilting
  Flying Bikinis--Detail
Prayer at Sunset 2012 (33" X 25.5")
Pieced silk sari strips, bias strips, cotton and silk commercial
fabric, plastic grid, machine applique, hand and machine quilting
Prayer at Sunset--Detail    

Is it an L? 2012 (12" X 12")
Pieced silk sari strips, bias strips, cotton commercial
fabric, machine applique, hand and machine quilting (SOLD)    
 Is it an L?--Detail (SOLD) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Black Beauties 2012 (20" X 33 1/2") Machine piecing, machine quilting, machine and hand applique, hand beading $400
Story of the quilt--One of my favorite things to do when I'm home (besides working on my artwork) is looking at the view out my window into my backyard to watch the birds at my bird feeder. I particularly like to watch the birds in the wintertime when there is a nice sheet of snow on the ground. I like the stark contrast between the whiteness of the snow and the color of the birds. One particular winter day, ALL the birds on the ground were "those ugly" blackbirds EXCEPT for one beautiful red cardinal. I was really aggravated that the "ugly" blackbirds were dominating the bird feeders, eating up all my seed, and weren't even pretty to look at. After I had ranted and raved, I got to feeling bad about maligning the blackbirds. I realized that they need to eat too, and they can't help the fact that they aren't "pretty." That revelation led me to think about this on a larger scale. People who aren't considered "pretty" by society often have needs that aren't met--simply because of their appearance. We all can't be pretty.
 Black Beauties--Detail --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 The View from Within 2012 (23" X 30 1/2") "Fractured" machine piecing, machine quilting, hand beading $400
Story of the Quilt--In the mornings, I pour a cup of coffee and the first thing I do is take a look at the view out my window. I look out into our acre yard on which we have placed several bird feeders. I especially LOVE to watch the birds at the feeders just after a new snow. One day, I looked out and it seemed like the only birds at my feeder were those "ugly" blackbirds. As I looked closer, I saw a beautiful cardinal. I remember wishing that all the birds at my feeders were beautiful like the cardinal. Immediately, I felt bad. As I looked out at the birds, I realized that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; the perception of what is beautiful comes from within. For some people, the blackbirds are the beautiful birds--for others, the cardinal. Regardless of what my idea of beauty is, I realized the blackbirds need to eat too. Since that day, I think a bit differently about the blackbirds.

The View from Within--Detail

Alien Happy Dance 2012 (22" X 36.5") $600
Commercial fabrics are used for this piece. Bias strips surround densely pieced shapes on a pieced background. The dark blue pieced shapes are machine quilted. The rest is heavily hand quilted with free-form quilting designs.
 Alien Happy Dance--Detail --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Zen, 2012 (24" X 30")
This is a "framed" piece. It is stitched to a frame covered in black fabric with a hanging wire attached. It is 1 1/2" deep. 
The "spikes" on the bottom left are paper pieced. I have made small white yoyos and placed them in a couple of locations on the quilt. (I added one red yoyo as a focal point.) There is a bit of beading using black seed beads on the right-hand side (to the right of the red yoyo). I have used some white bias strips to make the squiggly lines on the bottom right. The checkerboard at the top right is machine appliqued. The clam shell shapes are all hand embroidered using both the stem stitch and satin stitch. The design in the upper left is primarily made of French knots, but I have also used the stem stitch and satin stitch there too. The stripes "behind" the yoyos are machine appliqued. It is hand and machine quilted.
Zen--Detail  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------    

Brain Freeze (I call her Spike!), 2012 (44" X 45") NFS
Spike is not your "traditional" quilt. She is not appliqued onto a square of fabric; she is cut out to the shape you see here. Her earrings are felt balls hanging from chain. She is made of commercial fabric, felt, beads, and sequins. This piece includes hand and machine applique, hand embroidery, and hand beading. hand quilting. The face and spikes are heavily hand quilted; the shirt is machine quilted.
 Brain Freeze--Detail ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Black, White, and Red All Over, 2012 (36 1/2" X 26 1/4") (In Private Collection)
This piece is made with commercial fabrics, embroidery thread, and beads. Each white section is bordered with bias strips and yoyos. Quilting in the red fabric is totally by hand; quilting in the white sections is done by machine. All of the white areas have hand embroidery except the bottom, middle piece; it is pieced using Kathy Loomis's method of fine line piecing. The upper right of the quilt contains hand beading.
Black, White, and Red All Over--Detail
Remembrance, 2016, (30 1/2" wide X 38" high)
Remembrance is an applique piece. It is totally hand quilted with embroidered details. The center is made of rolled silk on a felt base embellished with red French knots.
The design was inspired by the central medallion in Marie Webster's quilt "Poppy." As I was trying to decide on a name for the piece, I read about how the poppy was the inspiration for a famous poem and was touched by the story of how the poppy is used as a remembrance for fallen soldiers. 
"The sight of these delicate, vibrant red flowers growing on the shattered ground caught the attention of a Canadian soldier by the name of John McCrae. He noticed how they had sprung up in the disturbed ground of the burials around the artillery position he was in. It was during the warm days of early May 1915 when he found himself with his artillery brigade near to the Ypres-Yser canal. He is believed to have composed a poem following the death of a friend at that time. The first lines of the poem have become some of the most famous lines written in relation to the First World War."
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
The information in the previous paragraph comes from the website listed below. If you'd like more information about the poppy and how it became a symbol of remembrance check it out here--
Detail of Remembrance
Escape, 2015, (41" wide X 31" high)
Escape is a pieced quilt. The purple background and the orange focal point are pieced. The orange pieces have been appliqued onto the pieced background. The piece is machine quilted.
For this piece, I challenged myself to work with an uncommon color combination. (At least I thought it was uncommon until I showed the quilt. A woman came up to me to tell me how much she loved those colors together. She is a car collector and had painted one of her classic cars these colors!) I began by searching my stash for all the purple and orange pieces I could find. Then, I cut them into strips without using a ruler. I think that free-hand cutting gives the quilt a bit more of an organic look. In the end, I love the vibrant colors of this quilt. It makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your quilt you started at Jane's.
I hope to see you in Indy in October.
Daren Redman

Anonymous said...

Your work is really beautiful! I especially love your wonderful work with such beautiful colors!

Ann Marie Liakos

Valerie said...

Hi Beth,
I just checked out your gallery you are developing a great body of work...Very, Very nice. You go girl!!!
Lets talk soon