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

  • "Exquisite Moments" - Dinner at Eight invitational and juried exhibit - 2013
  • International Quilting Festival of Ireland - invitation to show "Fishin'" in their "Under the Sea" exhibit - June, 2013
  • "Creative Inspiration" - SAQA of So Cal/So Nevada juried exhibition - Poway Performing Arts Center - January 2013
  • "Fiber Dialogues" invitational - Oceanside Museum of Art - October 2012 - February 2013
  • "Rituals" - Dinner at Eight invitational & juried exhibit - 2012
  • "Life Lines" - CFA juried exhibit, Front Porch Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA - 2012
  • "Text on Textile" juried exhibit IQF - 2011
  • "Shared Stories" juried So California/Nevada SAQA exhibit, Front Porch Art Gallery - 2011
  • Eureka Museum of Art - CFA juried exhibit - 2011
  • "West Coast Wonders" juried exhibit, IQF - 2008, 2009, 20010, 20011
  • "Between the Spaces" - Dinner at Eight invitational & juried exhibit - 2011
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art - C.F.A. - co-curator of juried exhibit - 2011
  • Chico Art Gallery - California Fiber Artists - juried exhibit - 2010
  • "Beneath the Surface" - Dinner at Eight invitational & juried exhibit - 2010
  • Shannon Gallery - Whittier College - invitational exhibit - 2010
  • The Four Seasons Invitational - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - traveling nationally
  • The Noble Elements Invitational - 2007, 2008 - traveling nationally
  • Pacific International, juried in from 1997 - 20010, Santa Clara, CA
  • Fiber Fest (invitational), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 - Santa Monica, CA
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XVII, Virginia - 2006 (Best Hand Workmanship)
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts, up-state New York - juried in 2006, 2004, 2003
  • North Carolina Quilt Show, Asheville - 2002 (Judge's Award)
  • Best of the Valley Show, Tulare, CA - 2002 (Best of Show)
Permanent Collections
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Base Hospital, California
  • St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, CA
  • Kaiser - Permanente Hospital, Irvine, CA
  • California Teachers Association, Burlingame, CA - purchase award
  • Mr. Philip Hoffman, Hoffman Fabrics, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Orange Public Library, Orange CA - 2007 (14' group quilt)
  • Private collections
Selected Publications
  • Machine Quilting magazine, Jan/Feb 2016 - Art Studio Artist of the Issue - "Twists and Turns"
  • SAQA Spring Journal, 2011 - "Virginia Avery: Quilt Icon" by Terry Waldron
  • Quilting Arts magazine - Oct/Nov 2008, issue 35
  • California English Journal - winter, 2005 - cover & artist of the issue
  • American Quilter magazine - winter, 2003 - "Rough Cut" by Terry Waldron
  • 500 Art Quilts juried by Karey Bresenhan, Lark Books 2010
  • Embellished Mini-Quilts: Creative Little Works of Art by Jamie Fingal 2007
  • Ricky Tim's Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims 2003
  • Everyday Angels in Extraordinary Quilts by Mary Lou Weidman 1997
  • Whimsies and Whynots by Mary Lou Weidman 1997
  • Watercolor Impressions by Magaret & Slusser 1995
  • "Simply Quilts" television show, January 8, 2003 - episode #823
  • California Fiber Artists
  • Studio Art Quilters Associates (SAQA) ~ Professional Member
  • Quilt Visions
  • Quilts on the Wall