jneu_webI was born with a passion for detail and a need for order. As a kid, I created a card catalogue for my books and my favorite birthday present was a label maker.  These aspects carried into college and my choice of major. I studied Arabic, carefully making each loop in the foreign letters and relishing the fact that a missing dot could change a word. I appreciated that the language followed a strict and well-organized root system. Love for the language led to a Middle Eastern Studies degree and later, a Master’s degree in Islam.

My passion for detail and order carries into my artwork as well. Each piece of art begins with a precise pattern from which I create templates for applique or piecing. Once I am satisfied with the initial image, I use machine stitching to add detail and dimension. My Arabesque quilts explore the order and precision of the geometric tiles that decorate the great mosques and Muslim palaces of the world.  For those quilts, stitching emphasizes the precise piecing that pays homage to the original tile artisans who were masters of geometric design.


Included in: Amish Quilts: The Adventure Continues: Featuring 21 Projects from Traditional to Modern, edited by Lynn Koolish, 2013
Illustrations for: Ravaging Rio and the Ghost in the Library, self-published, 2016.

Magazine Articles
“The Quilt Life as a Mother,” The Quilt Life, December 2013
“Ruth B. McDowell: A Quilter’s Career,” Quilter’s Newsletter, August/September 2011
“A Quilter’s Dictionary of Household Terms,” Quilter’s Newsletter, April/ May 2010

Teaching Experience
Quilt University, 2008 – 2013

Rising Star Quilters Guild, Lexington, MA, 2015, 2016
Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT, 2010
Garden State Quilters Guild, Westfield, NJ, 2007

Professional Affiliations
American Quilter’s Society
Craft Industry Alliance
International Quilt Association
Studio Art Quilt Associates

Master of Theological Studies – Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Bachelor of Arts – Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies, University of Virginia

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