30″ x 50″ In 1963, Marna Williams, mother of four, heard about the deaths of four little girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama and knew she had to do something. She joined women from her Presbyterian Church, the Catholic Church, and the Greater Birmingham Ministry to form The Mustard Seed, […]
These quilts were inspired by members of my family. I never imagined myself making portraits, but I found that I really enjoy it. Photos that I love to revisit often end up as quilts.
Mimi or Nana
18″ x 18″ I dreamed of the day that I would play with my grandchildren. There is so much that I want to share with them. Children are the hope of our future, and grandchildren are the blessings of our golden years. When I made this piece for the Sacred Threads Committee exhibit of 2017, […]
Mama’s Christmas Dinner
15″ x 24″ Mama’s festive Christmas dinner was amazing. The menu included turkey, sweet potatoes in orange shells, cranberry relish, broccoli with olive butter, and her million-dollar fudge for dessert. Mama made the placemat on this piece, and her aunt made the napkin. Her handwritten recipes are photocopied on the back. I recreated her St. […]
Susanne’s Birthday Dinner
15″ x 24″ My mother, Sue Miller, came from Alabama and was a wonderful cook. My father’s father was from England, and my grandmother, Anna Bruce Miller, endeavored to make some of his favorite British dishes. On my birthday, my mother would make roast beef with creole peas, a southern dish, and Yorkshire pudding, a […]
Boundless Love – Pure Joy
20″ x 20″ On May 2, 2019, we drove to Baltimore in the middle of the night because our daughter Sarah was in labor. At 12:30, Nic texted that they were at the hospital, Sarah was 10cm dilated, and they could see his head. We were 50-60 minutes away. I texted him our ETA, prayed […]
I’m a class taker. I figure I can learn something from every class, and I love getting to know the extraordinary people who teach. The opportunity to study with Mary Pal presented itself, and I jumped right in, armed with cheesecloth and my sewing machine. This likeness of my dear husband Todd is the result. […]
Susanne Self Portrait
Do a self-portrait? What a crazy thought! I didn’t know where to begin until I took a class with Esterita Austin. After three days in Florida using her technique and messing about with hand-dyed fabrics and experimenting with value, it turned out pretty well. Thanks, Esterita, for opening my eyes to the possibilities.