My fabric creations connect me to the spectacular places and wildlife I have seen in my travels. I aim to give the animal kingdom a voice, by transforming white cotton into lifelike images through many hours of precise painting with dyes and thread. I am passionate about protecting earth’s creatures along with their habitats, and hope my work will inspire you to share my sense of urgency around this message.
My quilts have won awards at national and international quilt events including the (Canadian) National Juried Show, the American Quilters Association (Paducah, Charleston), the International Quilt Festival (Houston) and the Festival of Quilts (Birmingham). I am also a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
My textile art journey includes experiments with many different techniques before settling on my current technique of painting with dyes.
Life in the Anthropocene, 63"x73", please contact for pricing
"Life in the Anthropocene" won "Best in Show" at the Canadian National Juried Show for 2023. You can see the winning quilts at NJS Award Winners 2023 - Canadian Quilters Association/Association Canadienne de la Courtepointe
"Dear Humans . . ." won the "Superior Threads Award for Thread Mastery", one of the six top prizes in the "judged show" of this international festival. You can see my interview about this quilt, with Bob Ruggiero, Quilts Inc's VP of Communications, at https://youtu.be/oF7-gMxMwds This quilt also won the "Visitors' Choice award at Quilt Canada in 2022.
"Monk Parakeets" has been juried into the 2022 "Birds in Art" exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. It will be shown alongside bird-themed art in many different media.
"Sanctuary?" won the Sustainability Award of Excellence at the 2023 (Canadian) National Juried Show.
Galapagos Marine Iguana has been juried into the SAQA exhibition commonly known as "FFFF". The exhibition will tour for about 3 years, after its premiere at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Penguin Playground was awarded a "judge's choice" award at the 2021 International Quilt Festival in Houston. This quilt was also featured in the Winter 2021 issue of the magazine "Art Quilting Studio".
Galapagos Land Iguana (63"x34") was awarded a third place ribbon in the category "Art Depiction of Human and Animal Form". This quilt also won a "judges choice" award at the 2020 Festival of Quilts (Birmingham).
"Tambuzi Takeoff" was selected for this SAQA art quilt exhibition which premiered at the AQS Daytona Beach show in 2020 and will continue touring to 2023. It also featured in the March 2021 issue of Art Quilting Studio magazine.
Huddle! placed 1st in "Art-Portrait" category, sponsored by TrueCut. In the same year, it was also juried into AQS shows in Paducah, Grand Rapids and Charleston.
Sue's popular virtual workshop will introduce you to the technique of painting with thickened dyes to create realistic images on cotton fabric. Download the .pdf for more details about the class. To enroll, or for answers to your questions, contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org
At any given time I have a limited number of completed quilts available for immediate sale, as seen in the Photo Gallery. I can also do custom orders based on any design you see on this website, or work from an idea or image of your own. You can also ask about new designs I'm currently working on that aren't yet ready to show on this website. If you would like to discuss a quilt purchase or custom order, please email me at email@example.com