I love fabric. I love color. I love to stitch. Quilting combines all of these loves and this mixture drives my passion to create. My quilts tell stories of people, places and journeys that are important to me. The visions, feelings and messages for these stories energetically dart about inside me. Using fabric, thread and original design in my art quilts, offers me the spontaneous freedom to express and direct this internal energy into visual, very textural images I can share with others.
For over 55 years, fabric and sewing have been a part of Wendy Butler Berns’ life, ever since fourth grade 4-H. As a published, award – winning quilt artist and teacher who found her passion for quilting in 1993, Wendy has presented at guilds, retreats, conferences, and on-line nationally and internationally. Her work has appeared regularly in juried shows and galleries as well as private collections across the country. Her book, “Photo Album Quilts” has been a favorite for quilters exploring picture image machine appliqué.
Wendy’s quilts are noted for their bold use of color, unusual fabrics, and combinations of unconventional techniques. Quilt designs are original and they fluctuate between traditional with a twist and contemporary art quilts. They are inspired by her desire to capture the colorful yet changing world around her – whether it is a garden landscape, an endearing family member or a statement of how we must act as role models for our children to cultivate greater compassion and preserve our natural world’s future.
Wendy lives in Lake Mills in southern Wisconsin and is now mostly retired from her 20 years of traveling and teaching. She spends her time turning the many UFO’s into charity quilts, gifts for family and friends and enjoying time with her four children and five grandchildren.