Here is Denise's latest quilt (August, 2017), Friary Steps (40" wide x 34" high):


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Denise will be exhibiting her "Cathedral Arch at Glendalough" (see below) at "75: An Art Quilt Celebration", August 25 through October 27, 2017, in Boulder, CO (The Dairy); there will be an opening reception Friday evening, August 25, and a "Meet the Artists" event early afternoon on Sunday, August 27. Please come and say hello! This exhibition is an art quilt celebration in honor of Judith Trager’s 75th birthday, and Denise is delighted to participate; Judith was (and continues to be) an important and early supporter and mentor, and Denise is deeply appreciative for Judith's friendship, artistic insights, and continuing belief in Denise’s work.

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Denise recently returned from South Korea’s QFIK 2017 (Quilt Festival in Korea, April 22 – 24), sponsored by the CQA (Corea Quilting Association), where she exhibited, taught, and lectured (see photos below). Everyone was so wonderful, welcoming, and friendly; certainly the conference folks, but also – as an example – getting lost after wandering around Seoul and having absolute strangers taking her hand and getting her to the (correct) subway line. And so many beautiful, small, very thoughtful, hand-made presents and gifts given to Denise by many of the attendees.

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The quality of the art was absolutely top notch. It's a well-established, medium sized show – thus very approachable – and all of the selected work was of the highest quality. The Korean quilter's eye and appreciation for detail is second-to-none.

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CQA was a great and caring host, and ran a very well managed show. Quilting is alive and thriving in South Korea! Thank-you to all involved.

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Flying back from Seoul, Denise took a detour to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the annual SAQA conference. Here she is (very jet-lagged) presenting an overview about her approach to quilting and her body of work at the conference’s banquet:

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Here is another new quilt (April, 2017), Cathedral Arch at Glendalough (38" wide x 50" high):

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Denise will be returning to France this coming September 2017 to again participate in this year's 23rd annual Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (European Patchwork Meeting) held in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France. This year, however, instead of exhibiting, she will teach the annual post-exhibition workshop (Séminar Post Carrefour), which will be a four-day immersive, hands-on techniques class on her approach to both landscape and "stonescape" quilting. Key areas of focus will include fabric painting, working from photos, and "the why and how" of selecting and using different construction techniques (including appliqué – raw, turned, and reverse – insetting, and free-form stripping). See Classes and Lectures for details.

Denise is thrilled to be associated with an amazing group of fiber artists and art quilters that have previously taught this very special workshop: Noriko Endo (Japan) in 2009, Katie Pasquini Masopust (USA) in 2010, Katie Pasquini Masopust and Sue Benner (USA) in 2011, Libby Lehman (USA) in 2012, Philippa Naylor (GB) in 2013, Judith Mundwiler and Gabi Mett (Switzerland and Germany) in 2014, Nancy Crow (USA) in 2015, and Ann Johnston (USA) in 2016. The class is scheduled for September 18th through the 21st (Monday through Thursday), 2017.

Denise’s teaching style is highly interactive and group-adaptive, and is focused more on the hands-on development of participant creativity, confidence, and experiential exploration than on rigid, content-constraining schedules or the rote coverage of pre-selected subject matter. She holds nothing back, and is delighted to openly share her wide-ranging knowledge of both traditional (although often repurposed) and new fiber art and quilting techniques. Her classes are also great fun!

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Examples of Denise's Hand-Painted Fabric (the creation of which is part of Denise's Séminar Post Carrefour curriculum)

Also, Denise will be staying in Sainte Marie Aux Mines during the entire exhibition (prior to her class). Please feel free (really!) to contact her should you want to get together and visit (she'll probably have a couple of her new quilts with her).

UPDATE: The Séminar Post Carrefour workshop is sold out! For those on the wait list, however, as well as any other interested quilters, a similar in-depth class has been scheduled in conjunction with Denise's participation in the May 2018 International Quilt Festival of Luxembourg (see below).

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Directly after teaching the Séminar Post Carrefour workshop, Denise will be attending Turin's (Torino, Italy) "Manualmente" Exhibition (Lingotto Fiere - Torino) on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, where a comprehensive collection of her quilts will be on display from September 21st through the 24th. In addition to visiting the exhibition (co-sponsored by Quilt Italia) she will teach a one-day class on construction techniques that are central to her quilting: turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, reverse appliqué, and free-form stripping.

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Three Colorado quilting guilds are (independently) sponsoring Denise during March 2018 to give both evening presentations and follow-on one-day classes: Palmer Divide Quiltmakers (Colorado Springs, CO), Columbine Quilt Guild (Arvada, CO), and Front Range Contemporary Quilters (Denise's home guild; presentation only). See Lecture and Class Schedule.

Denise loves these type of smaller gatherings. Please contact her if your guild (or a group of neighboring guilds) would like to sponsor similar visits (she’s happy to travel).

Further out, Denise will be teaching a 5-day intensive
Hudson River Valley Art Workshop (USA) August 25 - 31, 2019. Exciting! See Classes and Lectures for detailed class descriptions. Mark your calendar and join us!

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Denise has also happily accepted an invitation to be a featured exhibitor at the 2018 International Quilt Festival of Luxemburg (May 10–13, 2018). The festival is similar to the Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (see below) – it is held every other year, with exhibitions spanning four different villages. Denise will also be teaching an in-depth four-day workshop at the conclusion of the exhibition; content will be largely the same as that being taught this coming September at the Séminar Post Carrefour (described above). More details to be provided as the event draws nearer.


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In the latter half of 2016 three major international quilting and fiber art magazines – Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (France and Germany), Magic Patch Magazine (France), and Art Quilting Studio Magazine (USA) – published in-depth articles profiling Denise and her art (the first two pages of each article are shown below). She was also featured (this past November) in the Corea Quilt Associates (CQA, South Korea) semi-annual national newsletter.

For 2017, Denise has been similarly featured in the recent January edition of Quilt Italia (Association Nazionale di Patchwork), the Italian National Quilt Guild's quarterly magazine, and in January's Art Quilt Collector (Issue #6), a quarterly SAQA publication (she was a previous SAQA Featured Artist back in May, 2012).

Art Quilting Studio Magazine (USA), Featured Artist, Summer 2016
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Magic Patch Magazine (France), Featured Artist, September-October 2016 (#124)
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Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (both France and Germany), Featured Artist, November 2016
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Late last year (October, 2016) Denise was a featured artist and instructor at the 2nd Annual 2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show, held in Beijing.

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This is a major new Asian exhibition highlighting both domestic (Chinese) and a select number of international quilt artists. The Chinese love patchwork and quilting (they showed some amazing and innovative quilts, plus some truly astonishing stitch work), and intend to make this show into a major international showcase – they are eager to share their country's fantastic breadth of quilting (the show highlighted work from many of its indigenous regions and peoples), very much want to learn about new techniques and approaches (particularly the innovative use and application of color), wish to meet and interact with other quilters and, in general, want to become mainstream and active members of the growing international quilting and fiber arts family.

In addition to exhibiting and teaching (working with her students was one of the highlights of the trip), Denise also joined other invited international attendees – from Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Portugal, and the USA – in jurying the exhibition's multiple quilt competitions.

Befitting its pending importance as a key quilting venue, the exhibition was held at Beijing's International Design Center. Show management were the most cordial and welcoming of hosts, bending over backwards to make the trip truly memorable (as did their wonderful interpreters, including Vivian Tam who is seen in the photo to the right). Denise was honored to be an early invitee and participant.


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Denise's participation as a featured artist – with ten quilts – in last year's 22nd European Patchwork Meeting and Exposition (
Le Carrefour European du Patchwork, September 14–18, 2016) in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France, was a fantastic experience and success. This most prestigious of all continental European quilt exhibitions hosts 20,000+ worldwide visitors each year, completely "taking over" three adjacent villages within the Alsace's lovely Val d'Argent. It was both wonderful and overwhelming for Denise to be an invited exhibitor at this most remarkable of fiber art events; the significant positive feedback from the many visitors purposefully seeking out her exhibit was also rather stunning.

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See a nice photo summary of Denise’s exhibit published by the Festival’s organizers.

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In addition to Sunset on Inishmore (see this site's home page) – which is a large quilt of a formidable passageway located within Inishmore's (an island off the West coast of Ireland) breathtaking Dun Aengus Stone Fort – the following are several additional recently completed works that have not as yet been added to this website's galleries.


Kilclonney Dolmen is located near the village of Ardara, Co. Donegal:

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Kilclooney Dolmen (2016)
58" wide x 35" high

The Uragh Stone Circle is located on the Beara Peninsula, an extremely isolated area in Co. Cork on Ireland's Southwest coast (South of both the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula). Walking to the site you feel an amazing presence of fairies and spirits (of the good and friendly kind); it's also an incredibly peaceful and magical site, and is located in an area of exceptional unpopulated natural beauty.


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Uragh Stone Circle (2015)
47" wide x 30" high

Close-Up I
Close-Up II
Close-Up III


Denise's Irish Church Ruin is an interpretive melding of Ireland's many monastic stone portals.

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Irish Church Ruin (2015)
33" wide x 43" high


Here are a couple of slightly older quilts (not-previously-published or posted in her
gallery) which are both fun and different (enjoy figuring out Up or Down – but don't get dizzy):


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Spanish Dolmen (2012)
60" wide x 40" high


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Up or Down (2009)
38" wide x 58" high (or hang it sideways – people's opinions vary)

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Denise is often asked about her construction and layout techniques. A particularly interesting example of her willingness to experiment with new techniques was her use of clay 3D modeling and Photoshop to help visualize the deep shadowing found in her Poulnabrone Dolmen (click to see write-up).


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During Le Carrefour European du Patchwork, multiple visitors wanted to know about Denise's earliest stone quilts.


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Piper Stones I (1998)
34" wide x 44" high

Piper Stones I (above) was Denise's first contemporary stone art quilt. Lovely colors, and an obvious but raw talent, but little (or no) use of shadowing, depth-based perspective, or texture changes. Her works have most certainly evolved over the past two decades!

For fun, compare the above Piper Stones I quilt with the same scene –
Piper Stones II – made three years later.

But Denise actually made an even earlier "stone" quilt – a variation of a traditional Irish Chain patchwork design, with the diagonals being the stone walls and the green being the fields, of Co. Donegal's (Ireland) rugged, stone-hewn pastures:


Fields of Donegal
Fields of Donegal (1994)
71" wide x 60" high