Several years ago, I made an important decision regarding my voice and the direction of my work. I was frustrated with edge finishes and the need to do functional quilt stitching in areas where I wanted no additional lines or texture. Because I wanted to move into a more “graphic art” look and finish, I made the decision to eliminate batting and work small—usually no larger than about 16 inches square. Most of the pieces are canvas stretched, moving me further from the constraints of the “quilt world” and its restrictions.
I use only commercially available cotton fabric, building the complexity of the image with a layering of unexpected patterns. I pay as much attention to the “value” of the fabrics (that is their relative lightness or darkness to each other) as their color. The pieces are constructed in raw edge machine applique, freeing me from tedious piecing and allowing the fraying and puckering that is the inherent characteristic of fabric.n