About the Artist

Carol has loved dogs, horses and cats all her life, and has loved working with fiber almost that long. She is largely self-taught, though did take art in high school as well as a few art classes here and there over the years. She first tried quilting in the late 70s but found the available fabrics (flowered cottons and polyester solids) unsatisfying to work with. She went on to other fiber interests, returning to quilting only after a coworker talked her into taking a beginning quilting class in 2008. The array of cotton fabrics and the variety of ways quilters were using them fascinated her. She went on to make traditional quilts mostly for family and friends.
A coworker had a rescued greyhound she adored and whom she loved talking about. Carol asked permission to use the photo the coworker kept at her desk to make a portrait after reading the technique portion of Charlotte Warr Andersen’s book Focus on Features. This was her first attempt at using a photo to create an applique art quilt. When she finished the portrait, she took it to work and showed it to her coworker. The coworker said: “That’s Truman.” and teared up. Carol had found her passion.

 

“There is nothing more satisfying in designing and creating a portrait than seeing the animal come to life in fabric. There is a point in the construction of the quilt when the portrait takes on a life of its own, and spirit of the animal comes to life. That is the most satisfying moment of all in creating these quilts.”

~Carol Deards

 

Shows
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Small Works, Big Deal, 2016
SAQA NOR/CAL regional exhibit, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA 2015
Compassion for Animals Art Show, Sandpoint, Idaho 2015
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA 2013
Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA 2012 Wall Quilt Competition, First Prize
Wine Country Quilt Show, Santa Rosa, CA 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

 

Professional Affiliations
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County