Iowa Made

I was born an Iowa farm girl and I learned the lessons of the land.  My strength comes from those whose values were molded by it.

My paternal grandmother, Anna Nelson, an Iowa farm wife, made the worn Depression Era quilt. It represents the foundation of a value system that is sustained over time. Many of the antique buttons were found in the sewing machine drawers of my maternal grandmother, Grace Michaelson, who made her home in a small mid-Iowa town. The strength of the land and its people is emulated in the oak, the state tree, contrasted by the delicacy of the bright yellow goldfinch, the state bird.

Materials & Techniques

Vintage quilt background, commercial cottons, vintage buttons, beads, thread painting,  machine quilting.


66" w x 75" h



Year Completed


Juried Shows & Awards

LaConner Quilt & Textile Museum, 2013 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, LaConner, Washington, Award of Excellence, Recycled/Reused Materials.

American Quilter's Society Quilt Expo, Des Moines, Iowa, 2010

6th Annual Reinterpreting Reality, Compton Union Gallery, Washington State University, 2010