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.
This is the Crows quilt with the appliques sewn through the backgrounds and cotton batting.
At this point I have added the backing fabric so the quilting of the backgrounds goes through all three layers. Each block has a different quilting design. This is a study in variations of quilting patterns as they relate to my subject matter. All the crows have beaded eyes using "iris" colored glass beads.
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.