about

Welcome to my studio!

My name is Rian. I live in a Del Webb active adult community near San Juan Capistrano in south Orange County, California. I share life with my husband Jim, aka JJ, the sweetest, most consistantly good-natured person I ever met. We have been happily married for 33 years.

I came to quilting in 1997, shortly before my first granddaughter came into the world. I have always been artistic and creative and I wanted to make something for my granddaughter from my own hands. I was in Amish Country in Ohio where I saw glorious quilts for the first time in my life, and that's when I decided I would make a quilt. 

There was something peaceful and deeply gratifying about quilting, however it wasn't long before I tired of making big, patterned quilts and my thoughts about fabric turned to art. In 2005 I entered a quilt in the Hoffman Challenge and won 2nd place in appliqué. It was the first time I had ever done appliqué, and it wasn't very good technically, but it won a ribbon and I was able to attend the International Quilt Festival in Houston and see my piece hanging in that esteemed venue. What a thrill.

That was all she wrote. I was officially a quilt artist now, and that's pretty much how I have worked fabric since. I think it was at IQF that I was first wowed by batik fabric and that is all I use now. 

My other passion is golf. I have been playing the wonderful game of golf for 25 years. I keep learning new things and trying to improve, but age makes improvement challenging. 

JJ's passion is travel, so we travel frequently. We've been to 70 countries. Below is Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

I started this blog in 2004 to chronicle my quilts and share my stuff, but there is a lot more here than that, just as there is a whole lot more in my life. Life is a banquet of wonderful things!