I've been hooked on quilting since 1987. It took me a few years to find my passion for applique. I use everything I learned about fabric design in college, to produce my line of 80+ patterns, Critter Pattern Works, applique patterns with animal themes.
I am trying to figure a way to explain how I get from one critter to a whole quilt. How do the blocks fit together without any pre-planning? I make appliques for the critters and felt them with a Clover Felting tool, CL8901, which is similar in shape to a pen, with three needles. I also use a single needle to do detail work. Next I fill in the ground that the critters are walking on, with felting and then embroidered the flowers and trees. Some of the flowers and leaves are becoming more 3-D. I felted leaves in tiny heart shapes and flowers in little circles with bead centers. I have no idea where I am going with this, but I need a smaller piece than my two previous quilts, either to enter into shows, or to hang in our booth while the larger quilts are exhibited at shows. Of course, I can't do the same thing twice, so this quilt I am working on is going to be pushing the envelope even further.
I am the designer of Critter Pattern Works, a company that publishes our own applique patterns for quilters. All the patterns are realistic animal designs. I started the company in 1989 when I couldn't find an applique I wanted to make. My husband and I are using everything we learned in college (Paul has a BS degree in Marketing and Management and I have a BFA in Fabric Design) to grow our niche company.