My intent is to inspire joy and delight through simple, elegant designs by using linen, the most ancient of weaving fibers, in designing and weaving impeccable textiles, while attempting to tread lightly on our planet. I am thrilled and delighted that my textiles are of the standard to be accepted by my peers, and by my customers both retail and wholesale! To be recognized by you is the highest award!
At this time I’m 51 years old and live on a farm by a little town named Deer Creek. I’m married and have 11 children (4 boys and 7 girls, ages 31 to 11). And now I’m also a grandmother to 18 little lovable kiddies! Ages 9 years to 2 days old. 6 girls and 12 boys. But it doesn’t matter how big my family is or how busy I am I still find time to sit down relax and quilt. Oh, I love to quilt and I also piece them, or some of them, but I still rather quilt. When I was a little girl my grandmother made quilts and quilted them, I would watch every move that she made. Well, finally I would be allowed to iron the seams for her. Then later on I could quilt. I was 12 years old when I really learned to quilt and I loved it from the very start. I’ve quilted approximately 500 – 600 quilts in all my years now and I plan to continue this hobby as long as I’m able. You’re likely to see a quilt or 2 somewhere in our home. We live without electricity and do a lot of our work with horses or manually. Gardening is also on the agenda. So you have guessed by now that I’m an Amish lady.
I’m a fiber artist living in the Midwest, with a passion for color and making. I draw inspiration from nature’s colors to fuel my textile pieces with energy and texture. I create contemporary and traditional textile compositions of varying sizes, using new and re-purposed fabrics. Though I began this adventure in 2012 by selling made-to-order custom pieces at arts & craft shows and exhibits, my renewed focus is on teaching and I’m happy to share my enthusiasm for this craft with others. I teach children and adults alike. My goal is to create, teach and promote the sewing Arts in the community in which I live, surrounding areas and beyond!
In sewing I find the perfect outlet for creating colorful compositions that speak about where I have been and what I have learned. It allows me to merge components of my Cuban heritage and my love for the visual arts. My philosophy is to follow no rules; my style is definitely improvisational. I love textiles and sewing unconventional materials. I try to teach each student I encounter, that sewing is not about perfection; sewing is about personal and spiritual enjoyment. Sewing is about freedom of expression and the act of trusting our instincts.
Free Spirit Sewing Machine Project: Sewing has become an integral part of my daily life and I want to ensure that others have access to the tools that have so positively impacted my life. Making these available in the community has become my main focus this year.
The Baraboo Public Library was the first recipient of three (3) brand new Janome Sewing machines. The library is a great resource in the Baraboo community and creative programs are in the works for this summer.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sauk/Baraboo were the second recipient and received a new Janome sewing machine to be used in the club. They were also recipients of art supplies and scrapbooking die-cut machines.
The third recipient of this project is the Lodi High School Music Dept. http://www.lodi.k12.wi.us/high/theater.cfm. Each year they organize a play and Shrek is their next production. The Janome sewing machine donated will be put to good use in no time.
The 4th recipient of this project for the new school year receiving the 6th machine, is St. Joseph School ‘s Art Department. A Janome 2212 will join their creative space.
A fully stocked yarn and fiber shop featuring knitting yarn for the discriminating fiberista! dMarie offers classes, summer camps and will soon offer needlepoint canvas and supplies. Recently moved down the street, dMarie is in a new building along the picturesque Wisconsin River in charming downtown Prairie du Sac. Open everyday except Sunday, Dana, who is an expert knitter will happily help you find the perfect fiber for your knitting passion.