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Heather Arps

Lopez Island


Thistledoun Studios

Bear Paw Variation Barn Quilt

25.5 x 25.5 inches


For over forty five years I’ve been manipulating various materials to satisfy a fundamental urge to play with color and shape. The end product is both beautiful and practical. Primarily a cloth quilter, I have been fascinated with wooden Barn Quilts and started hand painting them eight years ago. The elemental aspect of these simple designs: drafting a single quilt block graphic onto wood, and then painting it with bold colors that project across distances appeals to me.

These folk art pieces are public art at its finest!

My Barn Quilts have been shown in the San Juan Islands, the Skagit Valley, featured at the La Conner Quilt and Fiber Art Museum and are in private collections around the country. You can view my work in my ETSY shop and follow me on Instagram @harpswear to see current works in progress.

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