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"Every time my brush touches white cloth and floods it with brilliant color, a thrill runs through me. Even though I've dyed hundreds of yards of cloth, I have never tired of the magic of transforming fabric. So it is natural that all my quilts are filled with hand-colored cloth."

"I came to quilting through the back door--as a teacher of fabric dyeing and painting at quilt conferences. Once immersed in the quilters' world, however, I began to catch their enthusiastic spirit. So now I've combined my love of painting, printing, and dyeing cloth with quilting and make my own art quilts."

When Leaves Fall Garden Vine
When Leaves Fall Are They Blossoms or Butterflies
24" w x 54" h
Wind Garden
26 1/2" w x 43" h
When Leaves Fall Garden Vine
When Leaves Fall Are They Blossoms or Butterflies
Detail
Wind Garden
Detail
The Above Five Quilts Were Inspired by a Trip to Japan
Exhibited at 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
Snow on Mountain Ginkgos & Nasturtiums Floating Leaves
Snow on the Mountain Waters Spring
56" w x 72" h
Houston Nasturtiums and Takayama Ginkgos
42" w x 53" h
Floating Leaves
36" w x 60" h
Snow on Mountain Ginkgos & Nasturtiums Floating Leaves
Snow on the Mountain Waters Spring
Detail
Houston Nasturtiums and Takayama Ginkgos
Detail
Floating Leaves
Detail
Two Windows Two Windows Detail
Two Windows
51" w x 50" h
As seen in SAQA Creative Force Exhibition

Two Windows
Detail


Moonscape Moonscape Detail
Moonscape: Old Garden Wall
with Spring Heralds
52" w x 41" h
Featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine

Moonscape
Detail


Turquoise Blossom Turquoise Blossom Detail
Turquoise Blossom
25" w x 56 ½" h

Turquoise Blossom
Detail

Blossom Fever	 Quilt Blossom Fever Quilt Detail
Blossom Fever Quilt
34" w x 34 ½" h
Featured in Quilting Arts Magazine
Blossom Fever Quilt
Detail

Daughter Missing Daughter Missing Detail
The Disappearing Daughters
of Human Trafficking
31" w x 39" h

The Disappearing Daughters
of Human Trafficking
Detail

Eye Veils Eye Veils Detail
Eye Veils
28" w x 28 ½" h

Eye Veils
Detail

Flower to Eye Flower to Eye Detail
From Flower, to Eye, to Memory
14" w x 14" h
Toured in Fine Focus 06 Exhibition
From Flower, to Eye, to Memory
Detail

Eye in I Eye in I Detail
The Eye in I (#3)
14" w x 14 ½" h

The Eye in I (#3)
Detail

Butterfly Garden Butterfly Garden Detail
Butterfly Garden
43" w x 38" h

Butterfly Garden
Detail

Flying Fish Kimono Quilt Flying Fish Kimono Quilt Detail
Flying Fish Kimono Quilt
36" w x 42 ½" h
Flying Fish Kimono Quilt
Detail
Hand-dyed Cotton and Silk, Fish Print Stencil, Hand-cut Foam Stamps, Holographic Disks, Lumieré Metallic Paint, Quilting with Holoshimmer Thread from © Sulky of America, Stamps (Chinese longevity sign and eye of horus stamps, © Uptown Design Co.)
Inspiration
"Awed by the beauty of its fan-like fins, I made a stencil from a print of a real flying fish so I could reproduce the image on fabric. I wanted the quilt to reflect the moment when a flying fish breaks through underwater flowers and leaps into the moonlight with glistening wings."
Growing into Grandmother's Eyes Quilt Growing into Grandmother's Eyes Quilt Detail
Growing into My Grandmother's Eyes
23" w x 43" h
Growing into My Grandmother's Eyes
Detail
Photo Transfer, Hand-dyed Fabric, Lace, Quilting, Embellishments
Inspiration
"My grandmother loved to weave rag rugs. I spent many happy hours with her cutting old clothes into strips which she would weave into colorful rugs. I know she taught me to love textiles, and I often think when I'm admiring a particular piece of fabric that I'm seeing its beauty with her eyes."
Treescape Treescape Detail
Treescape
46" w x 45½" h
Treescape
Detail
Discharged (bleached) Leaf and Flower Prints on Black Cotton, with
Shibori, Applique, Beads, Quilting
Featured in Quilters Newsletter Magazine
Inspiration
"I like to sit outside at night, especially when the moon is full, and watch the light patterns play across the trees' bark and leaves."
Fall Monarchs Quilt
Fall Monarchs
14 ½" w x 12" h
Disperse dye printing, Stitching, Embroidery appliques, Beads, Stamping (totem masks, screen fade, and burlap, © Clearsnap, Inc.; and flower and stem stamps, © All Night Media)
Inspiration
"This mini-quilt was Inspired by the Monarch butterfly migration that landed one year at my parents' home in Minnesota."
Don't Throw Away Dolls Quilt
Don't Throw Away My Dolls
36" w x 24" h
Inspiration
"This memory quilt incorporates images from a visit with my mother and my sister and her family in Minnesota – my childhood doll, a lace doily, buttons, my nephew's fish. The quilt preserves a story of that visit."

"Don't Throw Away My Dolls" was displayed in "Quilt Voices", at the University of Delaware, September 9 through December 9, 2005. "Quilt Voices" was an invitational exhibit of quilts selected from "Quilters Save Our Stories", a collection of interviews conducted by the Alliance for American Quilts,
If you are interested in these and/or other quilts and fiber artworks for an exhibition or to purchase, please contact Carolyn at Dahlstudio@aol.com.


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