I have enjoyed the challenge of commissions (public, corporate and
residential) for as long as I have been making quilts. Creating artwork for
a specific space, that fulfills the dreams of the client, is particularly
satisfying to me.
If you have a question not answered below, or if you would like to discuss
an idea, please contact me at .
How long does it take to make an art quilt?
This can only be answered, "it depends". Size and
complexity are the main factors, of course. If you have a birthday or
anniversary date I will do my best to work with you to meet a
How much information do I need to provide?
I have worked on projects where the client gave me very little to start
with, saying "You're the artist, do what you want." Other projects
are very specific in design, size, and materials. Some clients
provide color chips or fabric swatches for matching. After the
initial discussion, I like to send the client a sketch for approval - just
so there are no misunderstandings. There is a minimal charge for a
sketch or design. If the client approves the project, this design
fee is included in the total project fee - sort of a down payment.
Can you make another quilt similar
to one I saw on your website?
Yes, I have done this, when the client asked for a piece in a different
size or different color scheme than what I had on hand.
How much input do I get to provide
during the project?
I can provide digital images of the work in progress if you request
them. Any changes requested by the client after I begin work may result
in an additional fee.
Is the artwork framed?
I prefer not to frame the piece, mainly because I believe that fiber art
does not normally need a frame. After all, it is the tactile, dimensional
nature of this medium that makes it unique. Also, framing adds a lot to
the cost, and I prefer to pass the savings on to my client. Often my work
has irregular edges that would be de-emphasized by a rectangular frame.
One exception is when the quilt is being installed in a public or
high-traffic venue; then a Plexiglas box or other options should be
discussed at the start of the project. Another exception would be small
pieces which may benefit visually from a frame.
How is the art installed?
It is usually pretty simple to install, no more difficult than hanging a
painting. I include a fabric "sleeve" on the back of the quilt, which
holds a slat or rod. The slat can have holes at either end, for nailing
to the wall, or I can add a wire and staple it to the slat through the
sleeve, and the piece can be hung from a nail or hook. Before sending the quilt to you, I will spray it with a product similar to ScotchGard which also blocks UV light. I can apply a flame retardant product on request (particularly for public art commissions).
How is it shipped to me?
I prefer to ship the artwork
by Fedex, with a tracking number. I arrange the quilt in the box in such a way to
prevent wrinkling the fabric, wrap it in cloth and in a plastic bag, and send it in
a sturdy box.
What if the finished
project just doesn't look right in my space?
This would need to be discussed at the beginning of the project.
If the finished artwork would be marketable to someone else, I would
agree to the client having a 'grace period' to see how the artwork
looks in the space, and returning it for a refund if there is a
problem. If I do not think it would be marketable elsewhere, the
sale would be final; this would be made clear when the contract is
What payment methods do you accept,
and can I pay in installments?
Checks, money orders, and Paypal are all fine. I would be happy
to work out an installment plan with you.
How do we get started?
Just email me at with your
thoughts and suggestions, and we'll go on from there! I will be happy to
give you an estimate. Sketches and design work requires a small fee,
non-refundable. I will put everything in writing before the first project
payment for your approval.