Barbara began sewing at age 10, when she was a member of 4-H. For the next 20 years, Barbara did a great deal of clothing construction.
In the early 1970's, Barbara discovered Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel on PBS, and found herself hooked. At the time, there were no quilt shops, and very few quilting books available. Barbara found a Sampler quilt book in a fabric store, and went to work. She followed the instructions, making her templates out of plastic. This was a long, discouraging project, but Barbara was determined to learn to quilt.
A fan of "big fluffy quilts," she used two polyester batts in her first quilt. She learned hand quilting from Georgia Bonesteel, and went to work. Barbara says, "This proved problematic, but I persevered. I think I invented the Big Stitch." Barbara continued to pursue quilting, and finished several quilts by the time she retired in 2000.
In 2000, Barbara joined Valley Oak Quilt Guild, and met many kindred spirits. She loved the guild camaraderie, and made many friends. In 2002, VOQG issued a guild challenge, to make a quilt with an American flag, and the number 2002 on it, in honor of the victims of the 9/11 bombing. She hurt for the New Yorkers, and want to express the fact that even the rural areas of California shared their loss and prayed for them. An image of barns in the foothills, with rooftop advertisements kept coming to mind. She substituted an American flag on the roof, and set her barn in the foothills. She used the numbers 2002 as the address for the barn. This was her introduction to art quilting, and thus began her love of pictorial quilting.
The following year, the challenge was to make something that looked 3-dimensional. She created a cliff overlooking Monterey Bay, with the water below. She is not afraid to experiment with different ideas and techniques. Classes in pictorial landscape quilting were now available, and she took as many of them as possible. She continues to take classes to learn new techniques, and loves to combine techniques learned from several different teachers.
Barbara's work reflects her surroundings and her love for country living. She quilts about things that are important to her, so you will see log cabins, churches, lots of barns, and the coast line. Barbara is not afraid to try new things. When you step into her Featured Artist space, prepare to be amazed. Not only will you see a plethora of techniques on display, you will learn much about the things Barbara holds dear. We are delighted to introduce to you, Barbara Daniel: Best of the Valley's 2017 Featured Artist.