A New York native, Meri earned a BA in Fine Art from UC Berkeley in 1967, and then went on to work as a graphic artist in San Francisco before moving to Santa Cruz in 1970. In 1998, She discovered that the quilting world had branched out in exciting new directions, especially art quilts – at which point her “painting genes” kicked into overdrive and she’s never looked back!
Quilting has given her the chance to teach and meet many wonderful and enthusiastic students. In 2006 and again in 2008, she traveled to Guatemala and was so inspired by this vibrant country and beautiful people, that she created “Las Mujeres Azules de Guatemala (The Blue Ladies of Guatemala)”, which won 2nd Best Innovative Quilt at the Mancuso Brother’s 2007 Best Quilts of the World show; and has been included in Lark Books 2010 publication: ‘500 Art Quilts’. Her second Guatemalan quilt, “Flower Market at Chichicastenango, Guatemala” was awarded ‘Best Quilt in the World’ at the Mancuso Brothers’ 2009 Best Quilts of the World, and in 2010 it also won ‘Best Art Quilt: People, Portraits and Figures’ at the Houston IQA Quilt contest. Two more of her quilts, ‘Dawn Prayers on the Ganges’ and ‘Free Tibet’ also won the Mancuso’s ‘Best Quilts of the World’ contests in 2011 and 2015. Meri has taught in quilt guilds all across Northern California, in Nevada, France and Australia, and she regularly teaches at the Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, California.
I think it’s really important to be inspired by the work and ideas of others. Collect all that luscious fabric! Read all those fabulous quilting books! Take lots of classes! Look around you! And then incorporate it all into your repertoire of techniques and create something that represents your own unique vision of the world!