The rich colors and texture of fabric are a perfect palette to create both the complex patterns of traditional quilts and more painterly art quilts. In traveling around the world and living in a wide variety of cultural settings, I have been inspired by the myriad ways in which the feminine tradition of stitching has been used to brighten and decorate the home as well as to celebrate the female form. My work celebrates this drive to make the world more beautiful, and for women to express themselves. In our contemporary setting, this tradition of stitching has become unbounded. Through my art and teaching, I hope to encourage women to use their needles as a tool to enhance their inner voice.