I learned how to quilt after visiting a quilt store in Wisconsin and seeing a quilt on display that I liked. I had never quilted before that and the store owner assured me I can do it and helped me pick out fabrics and supplies. Once I got home,with instructions in hand, I tackled the project with gusto once and relished in completing block after block. Now that I know about all the quilting rules, I'm surprised that I ever finished that quilt. I really enjoyed making it and so I enrolled in local quilt classes. I must have made more than 30 quilts to date and have many more UFO (unfinished objects) which are on my list of things to do. I love quilting mostly because I enjoy picking out the fabrics that will go into it.
I also made cloth and porcelain dolls and their clothes. I found this wonderful lady near my house who taught me to make reproductions of antique German and French porcelain dolls.
One of my newest hobbies is jewelry making. Here again I like working with all the colorful beads and findings. Part of what I enjoy the most is the hunt for beads and accessories to put in the piece I am designing. I learned to bead by chance also. My husband and I were walking around the quaint shops in Geneva, Illinois and happened upon a small bead store. I was immediately smitten by all the colorful beads. Since there was no other customer, the owner of the shop sat me down and showed me how to make jewelry. I finished a necklace right there and then.
When I was in high school, my father taught me how to make paper mosaics for an art project. My piece won a ribbon and happens to be my first art work that I sold. Our art teacher purchased it. My passion for making paper mosaics was reignited by my last visit to Italy and seeing the wonderful mosaics in churches especially the Vatican. The paper for my mosaics come from pages of magazines. I sometimes go through 10 or more magazines just looking for the right hue and value of a color.
I've painted for as long as I can remember. I had more formal training in watercolor painting in college as we made washes on our architectural drawing plates. Like many, I was inspired by instructional TV artists and taught myself to oil paint with some guidance from my Daddy, who is an artist.
I also painted in acrylics, mostly folk art Americana stuff on wood. I took acrylic painting lessons at a place called Banbury Fair located nearby. It is a quaint store in downtown Bartlett. Other than my watercolor painting, this is where I became most prolific. I painted many a wood piece in acrylics like the one shown below:
Nowadays, I've devoted most of my free time to watercolor painting and started taking lessons with well known artists in the Chicago area. I still do some knitting, quilting, jewelry making and acrylic painting but, for now, I enjoy watercolor painting the most.