Hi Everyone! I'm very excited to be joining this group and these challenges for 2012. I'm a mostly self-taught life-long stitcher. I've quilted for the last 10 years, and I embroider (I did the last TAST challenge and took one of Sharon's classes), crochet, and I'm an obsessive knitter.
In all my needlework, I like to reuse and recycle materials. Vintage linens are one of my passions, and I like to use vintage handkerchiefs and napkins as the basis of image transfers. I have a series of Madonna quilts that I made in collaboration with Debra, and I'm branching out to some of my favorite saints, like St. Therese, above.
For my 2012 piece I'm going to make crazy blocks to surround an image of St. Francis of Assisi. There is a story about Francis preaching a sermon to birds, and so I'm going to incorporate a lot of bird images into the blocks.
In my non-stitching life I'm a full-time college professor--I teach literature, ethnic, and women's studies. I'm 6 months into a new marriage to Michael, and I have two grown children. My daughter is a cook in a high-end restaurant, and my son works in a crisis and transitional housing program for youth. Mostly because of my job, I can be slow to post and respond, but I'll do my best not to get too far behind.