About Java House Quilts
Inventive, lighthearted patterns
Get to Know J.H.Q.
Over 20 years of experience
My work has appeared in national magazines, books, calendars, and catalogs, and at AQS, Quilt market, Quilt Festival, Pacific international, and Road To California shows.
Color balance (makes a quilt “sing!”) is a concept I teach rather than color wheel theory. I find this is a more accessible way for many of us to think about quilt colors.
Creating dramatic movement with images running over, under, and through blocks and borders is a delight I enjoy sharing.
I believe in using the right pieces instead of the most pieces when it comes to appliqué and creating designs with inventive construction and surprises.
Lecturing and teaching workshops for nearly twenty years at guilds and conferences across the US, throughout California has been a joy. I relish the company of other quilters and work enthusiastically to make classes interesting, informative, and enjoyable.
Education & Work:
With a BA from Michigan State University, I have worked as a professional graphic designer, cartoon illustrator, and Communications Specialist for the MSU College of Agriculture. Quilting came to me in 1995. A year later, I began authoring patterns under the name of Java House Quilts and today have over 60 designs in publication