Bear Medicine Art Quilt

Bear Medicine Quilt

2017, Appliquéd rust dyed, ice dyed and bleach discharged fabric. Quilted with assorted glass beads, 66” x 44”

animal art quilts

I have always had a deep concern for the planet and all the people, animals and plants living on it, yet it is only recently that I have begun to address the mass extinction of animals by portraying them in my art quilts. As I do the research for each artwork I learn quite a bit about the factors underlying the perilous edge many of these animals exist on. It is my hope to evoke these “edges” as I portray endangered animals in my art quilts.

I have chosen to use vintage quilt tops because I find the old fabrics and patterns in them endlessly varied and beautiful. On an emotional level I appreciate the abandoned nature of these quilts, for someone had spent hours hand-piecing hundreds of bits of fabric and yet never finished their project. Most quilts have spent decades in storage and are now given new life off the bed and hung on the wall as endangered animal quilts. Symbolically quilts make me think of mothers, grandmothers, home, safety, and protection. I like to think of sending that sentiment out into the world in my pieces. Another aspect of these old quilts, that I reflect on, is that when these women were stitching them, 50 or 60 years ago, the animals were not yet endangered. I look at each sewing session as a kind of prayer offered up for each animal’s survival and for the greater wisdom and stewardship by the humans involved. We can’t go back in time, but we can adopt behaviors that will support world ecosystems and animal survival. I believe that this will take the dramatic changes on a global level, and this is but one small step in that direction.

Deep Sea

Deep Sea

2019, hand quilted, hand needle turned appliqué and embroidered commercial fabric, 50” x 32”

Little Red Bat

Little Red Bat

2020, machine and hand quilted fused and pieced cotton fabric, 7.5” x 14”

Orange Bat

Orange Bat

2020, machine stitched fused fabric, 16.5” x 24.5”

Bat Twilight

Bat Twilight

2020, machine pieced, fused fabric, which is hand and machine quilted, 47” x 32”

Thought & Memory

Thought & Memory

2020, machine quilted assorted fused fabrics, 70” x 27”

Deep Sea 2

Deep Sea 2

2020, machine quilted assorted fused fabrics, 22” x 22.5”

Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Scrub Jay

2020, hand embroidered and quilted vintage quilt top, 9” x 8”

Golden Cheeked Warbler

Golden Cheeked Warbler

2020, vintage quilt top, hand embroidered and quilted using DMC embroidery floss and perle cotton thread with fabric paint, 24” x 24”

Rhino Horizon

Rhino Horizon

2020, machine quilted assorted fused fabrics, 24” x 27.5”

Long Eared Bat

Long Eared Bat

2020, machine quilted assorted fused fabrics, 27.5” x 25.5”

Endangered North American Birds

Endangered North American Birds

2020, hand-embroidered, dyed and quilted vintage quilt tops, 59” x 36”

Blue Dreaming Bear

Blue Dreaming Bear

hand-embroidered and quilted vintage quilt top, 11.5″ x’ 11.5″

The Kagu

The Kagu

hand embroidered, painted and quilted vintage quilt top, 37” x 26.5”

The Kagu Detail
Ghost of the Forrest Detail
Ghost of the Forest

Ghost of the Forest

machine quilted assorted fused fabrics, 28” x 23”

Art Quilt for the Last Northern Rhino

Quilt for the Last Northern Rhino

2019, quilt with hand-embroidery, fabric paint and hand quilting. Made vintage quilt top, and glass beads, 26” x 39”

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird Spider

2019, hand embroidered and appliquéd vintage quilt tops, hand quilted, 41” x 28.5”

Indiana Bat

Indiana Bat

2019, Vintage quilts, contemporary fabric, hand-embroidered and quilted, 35” x 73”

Indiana Bat Detail
Indiana Bat Detail
Carrion Beetle

Carrion Beetle

2019, hand embroidered and appliquéd vintage quilt tops, hand quilted, 36” x 15”

Before Crow Wore Black

Before Crow Wore Black

2019, quilt with hand appliqué, hand embroidery and quilting. Made from hand-dyed contemporary fabric, vintage quilt tops, and glass beads, 24” x 38”

The Magic Bringer

The Magic Bringer

2019, hand-quilted with hand appliqué, hand embroidery and quilting. Made from contemporary fabric, vintage quilt tops, and glass beads, 28” x 35”

Rusty Patch Bumble Bee

Rusty Patch Bumble Bee

2019, hand embroidered vintage quilt top, fabric paint, hand quilted, 18” x 23”

Scarab

Scarab

hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 14” x 11.5”

Blue Weevil

Blue Weevil

hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 11” x 7”

Bat I

Bat I

hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 13” x 17”

Little Bat 3

Little Bat 3

2019, hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 14.5” x 13.5”

Grizzly Art Quilt

Grizzly Quilt

2019, hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 16” x 14”

Crow Skull Art Quilt

Crow Skull Quilt

hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 13.5” x 16”

Glow Skull Art Quilt

Glow Skull Quilt

2019, hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, with glow-in-the-dark beads 16” x 14”

Orange Skull Art Quilt

Orange Skull Quilt

hand embroidered and hand painted vintage quilt top, hand quilted, 15” x 12.5”