About the Artist

Helen learned to sew on her mother’s treadle machine in the 1950’s.  Later in high school Home Economics she learned to use an electric machine.  From the beginning, she enjoyed working with fabric — looking at it, feeling it and making things with it.  For her, it has always been a tactile activity.

Making quilts for family and friends was the first order of business.  From baby quilts, T-shirt quilts, bed quilts and wall hangings, she did it all.  Then she started branching out to art quilts.

As an artist, Helen uses quilts to communicate about her topic.  Each quilt has a story to tell. Currently she is working on a series of quilts about the Navajo Long Walk in the early 1860’s. “Leaving Home” was a sad time for the Navajo people and “Coming Home” was a time of relief.  Two additional quilts will complete the series.

As an artist, Helen uses quilts to communicate about her topic.  Each quilt has a story to tell. Currently she is working on a series of quilts about the Navajo Long Walk in the early 1860’s.

Artist’s Statement

Researching an event, place or person helps me visualize how I will design a quilt to celebrate or memorialize the topic.

Artist E-mail    helen45373@yahoo.com