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 34 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 working with fabric, 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 loved playing golf for 25 years. It is a game for a lifetime, although age makes it even more 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!