About the Artist
Biography | Resume
One day in 1993 I walked into a quilt shop because my tennis partner was not going to be able to play tennis on Wednesdays for a whole 6 weeks! She had signed up for a class in quilting. "What's a quilt?" I asked, and she said to go to the quilt shop down the street and find out. I did, and I was hooked!
My first quilting class was with Blanche Young, the funniest woman and the nicest lady ever, and at the end of that class I took my sixty-eight 1/8th of a yard pieces of cloth home and made a queen-sized quilt top in 7 days WHILE teaching high school English. I loved everything about the process including washing and ironing the fabric! However, I have university degrees in teaching both art and English, so I quickly lost interest in following patterns and sweating over PERFECT 1/4" seams. That's when I met Mary Lou Weidman who said, "Terry, you can make anything you want to in cloth. Just applique it!" She didn't know it, but her words were the magic that I needed.
Now ideas come to me nearly every day for new pieces. But I've made a pledge to treat every piece of my work like it might be the last one I ever do. I try for the same attention to detail in every facet of a piece, from the designing, to the cutting, to the sewing, the quilting, the binding (I love binding!), and even to the making of the label. It's a time-consuming work philosophy, but when I'm finished with a piece of my art, I don't look back with any regrets. I've learned from the piece, and it was the very best I could do at that time. It's a happy way to work, and I hope that comes across clearly in my work... I hope you can see the joy!
Just about my favorite thing to do in the whole world is to teach. I was so proud to win the honor of being the "Secondary Teacher of the Year" in my very large cosmopolitan school district. I loved teaching secondary school, but teaching quilting is such a joy, too. Seeing people come into class almost as scared and anxious as I was that first time, and knowing that they DO have art ability and they WILL learn to create original new work is the most exciting thing to me. I LOVE seeing people discover their own in-born talent! Best of all is having students come back and show me their finished work, work that has won prizes in competition or won raves from their family and friends. Yes, I DO love teaching!
My second favorite thing is to give talks about my quilts, telling the truth about the triumphs and the disasters that I've experienced in each of my pieces and revealing the crazy ideas that came to me to fix each problem. What a privilege it's been to teach and talk at so many guilds and conferences around the country! My work is included in several books, and I've written articles about my techniques. It was a truly exciting thing to be featured on Alex Anderson's "Simply Quilts" TV show. It was shot here in my house! I was the lead judge for the Hoffman Challenge and I've even been judging quilts for county fairs!
Enjoy my work. Each piece is born from intense looking, especially looking at the small things that most people ignore or unintentionally squash under their feet. Nearly all the answers are right in front of our eyes and right outside our doors in Nature. Don't just look straight ahead all the time. Look UP and look DOWN... way DOWN at the little things that surround you. That's where inspiration actually comes from... well, at least it does for me.
Selected Group Exhibitions
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