provides a path to the fierce truth of our life.”
–Karla M. Kincannon, Creativity and Divine Surprise
I began quilting in the late 1990s when I lived in Goshen, Indiana and was surrounded by hand quilters and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) relief sales. One of the administrative assistants at the church where I worked was (and still is) an enthusiastic quilter who encouraged me to learn to quilt. I began making quilts for myself and loved ones as a way to both express love and to experience God’s comforting embrace while snuggled under a quilt.
In 2003 I attended the biannual Sacred Threads exhibit and as I wandered amongst the quilts my soul, my spirit, began leaping with joy and I thought, “This is the kind of quilting I want to do. I want to create art quilts that express my soul.” I experienced a significant internal shift as I gave myself permission to work with fabric while pondering God.My fiber art has become an expression of my soul—an expression of prayer, worship, and transformation.
I have exhibited quilts at Sacred Threads (2007), Lakeshore Fiber Arts group (Grand Rapids), The Huron Valley Arts Council art show, the 2008 Breaking Traditions Art Quilt Exhibit: With One Voice, and my own show, Soulful Threads, exhibited at the First Brethren Church of Lansing and Woodside Church in Flint, MI. Two different art quilts were published in Presence Journal (December 2008) and With One Voice exhibit book.