Artist’s Statement

My artwork begins as memory—impressions of places I've been, people I have known, the world around me, yesterday's walk, last summer's garden. Memory is imperfect, exaggerating certain things, discarding others altogether. And similarly, while my work may resemble something real, it is reality edited, biased, and colored by time and circumstance. I am always hoping to connect to the part of the memory that held meaning for me, regardless of absolute accuracy.

Recently I have begun using recycled clothing fabric, which seems to come to me with its own memories. I feel it adds a depth and richness that I respond to. My background in painting and drawing is fundamental to what I do, but I choose to work with fabric for its familiarity and emotional connection to our human experience.

Shows and exhibits
•    Northwest Quilters Annual Shows 1994 – 1999
•    Finalist in Quilters Newsletter Magazine “Artistic Expressions” competition 1996 – shown at International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX and Quilt Expo, Lyon, France
•    Metropolitan Patchwork Society Show 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
•    Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters Quiltfest, juried show, Seattle, WA 2002, 2006, 2008
•    Celebration of Creativity, juried show, Beaverton, OR  2003
•    International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, 2003 – Special exhibit “A Page from My Book” Journal Quilts
•    Invitational Show “Quilters of the Pacific Rim” 2004, shown in Honolulu, Hawaii
•    “Off the Beaten Path” juried show, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR 2004
•    “Fine Focus 06” juried travelling exhibit, traveled 2006 – 2007
•    International Quilt Festival, juried show, Houston TX, 2006
•    Columbia Stitchery Guild Show, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center – 2007
•    “It’s Good to Be Green” invitational show, Latimer Textile Center, Tillamook, OR – April, 2008
•    “Line Dance” juried show, shown at Umpqua Art Center, Roseburg, OR and First Unitarian Church, Portland,  OR – 2009-2010
•    “Bird’s Eye View” juried show, shown Camas, WA library, White Salmon Gallery, Vancouver, WA – 2010
•    Australian Quilt Convention and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia,- part of Twelve by Twelve special exhibit,  April, 2010
•    “Beneath the Surface”, invitational, juried show, special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA – July 22-25, 2010, International Quilt Festival, Houston – Fall 2010
•    “Oregon: State of Diversity” Oregon SAQA juried show, various venues 2010-2011
•    Washington County Open Studios tour, October, 2011
•    International Quilt Festival, Houston TX, November 2011, 12 x 12 Special Exhibit
•    “The Space Between”, invitational, juried show, special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA – July, 2011, International Quilt Festival, Houston – Fall 2011
•   "Something to Say: Art Quilts XVI" quilt exhibit, Visions Art Gallery, Chandler Arizona, November 28, 2011 - January 28, 2012
•    “Deep Spaces” invitational show, Latimer Textile Center, Tillamook OR, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, TX, January - February, 2012, LaConnor Quilt & Textile Center,  March - June, 2012
•    “Rituals” invitational, juried show, special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA – July, 2012, International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX, Oct. 31 -29 2012, Open European Quilt Championships in the Netherlands, May 3 - 4, 2013
•    “Oregon: State of Diversity II” Oregon SAQA juried show, various venues 2012-2013
•    “Elements” juried show, various venues 2012-2013
•    “Artists Among Us” Trinity Episcopal juried Show/Sale 2012, 2013 
Publications and Books
•    Quilters Newsletter magazine, November, 1996 – work published “Oh van Gogh, I Love Your Irises”
•    Quiltmaker magazine, pattern published, “Peekaboo Bears” quilt
•    Quiltmaker magazine, March/April 1996, pattern published, “Tumbling Shamrocks” quilt
•    Quiltmaker All-time Favorites magazine, Fall 2000, “Tumbling Shamrocks” quilt
•    Quilting Arts magazine, April/May 2008, article published – “Big Finish for your Small Quilt”
•    Australian Quilters Companion magazine, issue # 34, 2009, work published “Cacao y Canela”
•    American Quilter magazine, July, 2009, article published – “Edge-fused Applique
•    International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine, winter 2009/2010,  article and pattern published – “Fabric Birds
•    Down Under Textiles magazine, Issue #1, 2010, work published – “Twelve of Twelve”
•    Quilting Arts magazine, April/May 2010, article published – “Blast from the Past – Reworking an Older Piece
•    Book,  Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, Quilting Arts LLC – work appears – 2007
•    Book,  Art Quilts at Play by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston, C&T Publishing, contributing artist – 2009
•    Book, Jane Davila’s Surface Design Essentials, by Jane Davila, C&T Publishing, contributing artist – 2010
•    Book, Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Project, co-author, Lark Publishing, published March, 2011
•    Book, Point, Shoot, Quilt by Susan Brubaker Knapp, C& T Publishing,  contributing artist – 2011
•    Book, The Best of Quilting Arts edited by Patricia Bolton, 2012, Interweave Publishing – article
•    Quilt Trends Magazine, Summer, 2013, article and project design published - “Keep Swimming” 
•    Quilting Arts Television, TV show, 3 appearances, season 6 – 2010
•    “The Quilt Show” webcast, videotaped May, 2013 for showing in 2014
•    Columbia Fiberarts Guild, Portland, Oregon
•    High Fiber Diet, Portland, Oregon
•    SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association)
•    BA, Fine Art, Idaho State University
•    Certificate in Graphic Design, University of Oregon


  1. Anonymous7:55 PM

    Terry, would our little guild be able to use your bird pattern to make boutique items to sell. (We are non profit) We would make a sign stating where we got the pattern. No problem if you think it is not appropriate. North Carolina

  2. Hi Anonymous. I hope you see this response since there was no email in your message to respond to. Yes, please feel free to make and sell the birds. I only ask that they be identified as having been made from my pattern.