Here is Denise's latest quilt, Cathedral Arch at Glendalough (38" wide x 50" high):



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In the latter half of 2016 three major international quilting and fiber art magazines – Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (France and Germany),
Magic Patch Magazine (France), and Art Quilting Studio Magazine (USA) – published in-depth articles profiling Denise and her art (the first two pages of each article are shown below). She was also featured (this past November) in the Corea Quilt Associates (CQA, South Korea) semi-annual national newsletter.

For 2017, Denise has been similarly featured in the recent January edition of Quilt Italia (
Association Nazionale di Patchwork), the Italian National Quilt Guild's quarterly magazine, and in January's Art Quilt Collector (Issue #6), a quarterly SAQA publication (she was a previous SAQA Featured Artist back in May, 2012).

Art Quilting Studio Magazine (USA), Featured Artist, Summer 2016


Magic Patch Magazine (France), Featured Artist, September-October 2016 (#124)


Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (both France and Germany), Featured Artist, November 2016


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Denise will be exhibiting, lecturing, and teaching in Seoul, South Korea this coming April 23rd through the 25th, 2017. Her visit is being coordinated by Corea Quilt Associates (CQA), and is a follow-up to CQA's recent feature article on Denise that was published in their November, 2016 semi-annual newsletter. Her one-day class will be on the selection and different uses, and comparative benefits – the "why and how" – of alternative appliqué techniques (raw, turned, and reverse, plus insetting); her lecture will highlight “Lessons Learned” and the multi-decade evolution of her art.

Denise was introduced to the CQA and South Korean artists at both the Carrefour and Beijing exhibitions (see below). At Carrefour, Denise and the CQA shared the same hall (see banner photo below), with the CQA-sponsored quilts being exquisitely intricate appliquéd scenes and stories which were as fascinating as they were beautiful (and beautifully crafted). In China, she also saw some of their more modern contemporary quilts – again, just exceptional. And, interestingly, at both exhibitions, participants and attendees were already quite familiar with, and enthusiastic about, Denise’s stonescapes – it turns out that South Korea has a huge number of dolmens!. She is thrilled to be invited and to be able to exhibit, lecture, and teach such a capable and creative audience.

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Denise will be flying from Seoul directly to this year's
SAQA Annual Conference being held in Lincoln, Nebraska (April 27th through the 30th), where she will give one of the "Lightning Talks" being held at the Saturday night banquet. Fun! See you there!

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Denise will also be returning to France this coming September (2017) to again participate in this year's 23rd annual
Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (European Patchwork Meeting) held in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France. This year, however, instead of exhibiting, she will teach the annual post-exhibition workshop (Séminar Post Carrefour), which will be a four-day immersive, hands-on techniques class on her approach to both landscape and "stonescape" quilting. Key areas of focus will include fabric painting, working from photos, and "the why and how" of selecting and using different construction techniques (including appliqué – raw, turned, and reverse – insetting, and free-form stripping). See Classes and Lectures for details.

Denise is thrilled to be associated with an amazing group of fiber artists and art quilters that have previously taught this very special workshop: Noriko Endo (Japan) in 2009, Katie Pasquini Masopust (USA) in 2010, Katie Pasquini Masopust and Sue Benner (USA) in 2011, Libby Lehman (USA) in 2012, Philippa Naylor (GB) in 2013, Judith Mundwiler and Gabi Mett (Switzerland and Germany) in 2014, Nancy Crow (USA) in 2015, and Ann Johnston (USA) in 2016. The class is scheduled for September 18th through the 21st (Monday through Thursday), 2017.

UPDATE: The workshop is already almost sold out! Contact the sponsors sooner rather than later if you'd like to attend.


Examples of Denise's Hand-Painted Fabric (the creation of which is part of Denise's Séminar Post Carrefour curriculum)

Denise’s teaching style is highly interactive, adaptive, and very hands-on, and is focused more on the development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration than on rigid, content-constraining schedules or the rote coverage of pre-selected subject matter. She holds nothing back, and is delighted to openly share her wide-ranging knowledge and use of both new and (repurposed) traditional fiber art and quilting techniques. Her classes are also great fun!

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Directly after the Séminar Post Carrefour, Denise will be visiting Turin's (Torino, Italy) "
Manualmente" Exhibition on Saturday, September 23rd to show several of her quilts and to teach a one-day class (topic still to be finalized).

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Further in the future, Denise has also happily accepted a very kind invitation to be a featured exhibitor at the 2018
International Quilt Festival of Luxemburg (May 10–13, 2018). The festival is similar to the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (see below) – it is held every other year, with exhibitions spanning four different villages. Denise will also very likely be teaching an in-depth four-day workshop at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Exciting! More details as the event draws nearer.

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Denise recently returned from Beijing, China where she was an exhibiting featured artist and instructor at the 2nd Annual
2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show (held October 21–23, 2016).

This is a major new Asian exhibition highlighting both domestic (Chinese) and a select number of international quilt artists. The Chinese love patchwork and quilting (they showed some amazing and innovative quilts, plus some truly astonishing stitch work), and intend to make this show into a major international showcase – they are eager to share their country's fantastic breadth of quilting (the show highlighted work from many of its indigenous regions and peoples), very much want to learn about new techniques and approaches (particularly the innovative use and application of color), wish to meet and interact with other quilters and, in general, want to become mainstream and active members of the growing international quilting and fiber arts family.

In addition to exhibiting and teaching (working with her students was one of the highlights of the trip), Denise also joined other invited international attendees – from Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Portugal, and the USA – in jurying the exhibition's multiple quilt competitions.

Befitting its pending importance as a key quilting venue, the exhibition was held at Beijing's International Design Center. Show management were the most cordial and welcoming of hosts, bending over backwards to make the trip truly memorable (as did their wonderful interpreters, including Vivian Tam who is seen in the photo to the right). Denise was honored to be an early invitee and participant.

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Denise's participation as a featured artist – with ten quilts – in last year's 22nd European Patchwork Meeting and Exposition (
Le Carrefour European du Patchwork, September 14–18, 2016) in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France, was a fantastic experience and success. This most prestigious of all continental European quilt exhibitions hosts 20,000+ worldwide visitors each year, completely "taking over" three adjacent villages within the Alsace's lovely Val d'Argent. It was both wonderful and overwhelming for Denise to be an invited exhibitor at this most remarkable of fiber art events; the significant positive feedback from the many visitors purposefully seeking out her exhibit was also rather stunning.

Carrefour Banner IIIFrance Sign II

See a nice photo summary of Denise’s exhibit published by the Festival’s organizers.

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In addition to Sunset on Inishmore (see this site's home page) – which is a large quilt of a formidable passageway located within Inishmore's (an island off the West coast of Ireland) breathtaking Dun Aengus Stone Fort – the following are several additional recently completed works that have not as yet been added to this website's galleries.

Kilclonney Dolmen is located near the village of Ardara, Co. Donegal:

Kilclooney Dolmen
Kilclooney Dolmen (2016)
58" wide x 35" high

The Uragh Stone Circle is located on the Beara Peninsula, an extremely isolated area in Co. Cork on Ireland's Southwest coast (South of both the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula). Walking to the site you feel an amazing presence of fairies and spirits (of the good and friendly kind); it's also an incredibly peaceful and magical site, and is located in an area of exceptional unpopulated natural beauty.

Uragh Stone Circle (2015)
47" wide x 30" high

Close-Up I
Close-Up II
Close-Up III

Denise's Irish Church Ruin is an interpretive melding of Ireland's many monastic stone portals.

Irish Church Ruin II Full
Irish Church Ruin (2015)
33" wide x 43" high

A couple of slightly older, but fun and different (enjoy figuring out Up or Down – but don't get dizzy), not-previously-published or posted quilts include:

Spanish Dolmen (2012)
60" wide x 40" high

Up and Down Full
Up or Down (2009)
38" wide x 58" high (or hang it sideways – people's opinions vary)

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Denise is often asked about her construction and layout techniques. A particularly interesting example of her willingness to experiment with new techniques was her use of clay 3D modeling and Photoshop to help visualize the deep shadowing found in her Poulnabrone Dolmen (click to see write-up).

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During Le Carrefour European du Patchwork, multiple visitors wanted to know about Denise's earliest stone quilts. Well, here they are:

Piper Stones I
Piper Stones I (1998)
34" wide x 44" high

Piper Stones I (above) was Denise's first contemporary stone art quilt. Lovely colors, and an obvious but raw talent, but little (or no) use of shadowing, depth-based perspective, or texture changes. Her works have most certainly evolved over the past two decades!

For fun, compare the above Piper Stones I quilt with the same scene –
Piper Stones II – made three years later.

But Denise actually made an even earlier "stone" quilt – a variation of a traditional Irish Chain patchwork design, with the diagonals being the stone walls and the green being the fields, of Co. Donegal's (Ireland) rugged, stone-hewn pastures:

Fields of Donegal
Fields of Donegal (1994)
71" wide x 60" high