Fiber Artist . Designer. Teacher . Lecturer
Doris is a Midwest fiber artist/designer and former elementary art educator. She is best known for her fused applique fabric landscapes and mini foundation pieced quilt blocks which are matted and framed. Doris exhibits and sells her original designs at Quilt/Sewing Expos throughout the Midwest and on-line shoppe.
Always loving to share her enthusiasm for fabric and art you will find Doris giving demos at Quilt/Sewing Expos, teaching her techniques in quilt shops and giving workshops to quilt guilds in a relaxed and helpful style.
My love of fabric and art began as a young child. I grew up in rural Iowa and learned how to sew at an early age. My mom quilted so it was natural for me to work with fabric. I began my artistic career after graduating from UNI at Cedar Falls, Iowa with a BA in Art Education. I have taught art to all age levels.
Stay connected to the earth, it is our greatest teacher.
Traditional quilt patterns have stories to tell about our roots. Knowledge about our roots helps to give us direction.
Fabric has always been an essential element in most women’s lives.
Work with passion.
In 1997 I started my home based business called Fabrications. I chose fabric as my art medium to create unique, one-of-a kind fused applique landscapes and foundation pieced quilt blocks. To add presence to my art work, I decided to mat and frame my fabric landscapes and quilts. I then began selling my work at Fine Art /Craft shows in the Midwest.
Quilters and crafters of all skill levels asked questions about my unique techniques. They asked if I would come to their guild to teach and lecture. Because of these quilter’s and crafter’s love of learning something new; I began developing patterns and giving workshops and lectures.
Fabrications is now a full time, home and web based business with an exciting calendar of events. My business fills five rooms of our large 1915 farm home. My husband, Don and I love living in the country and continue to farm at Dyersville, Iowa. We have four grown sons and four beautiful grandchildren.
Fabrications is ALL about CONNECTING WITH YOU the quilter and crafter.
- I vend at numerous sewing, quilting, crafts and arts events throughout the year.
- I give lectures and workshops to quilt guilds, at fabric stores and expos.
- I talk to you personally during all of these events. You share your successes and questions at shows.
- I get to know many of you by name.
You are my friends.
Fabrications is built on the interests of my customers. My customers are quilters, and crafters; beginning and advanced, women and men, non-sewers, 4-Her’s, home schoolers. My art work and patterns are purchased to decorate homes, given as gifts, used as the inspiration for the next challenge at quilt guild. You send me photos from your vacation to inspire my next design.
You tell me what you want – I listen.
What Makes Fabrications’ Patterns Special?
Fabrications use easy techniques that can be brought to ANY level depending on the expertise of the crafter. As an art educator; I believe success is one of the keys to the creative process.
Everyone is creative.