Colleen's background is in science and engineering, and her quilts reflect that in their strong graphic quality. Creating designs and solving problems are her favorite parts of the process; cutting, sewing, and pressing are just the means to an end. She loves to play with illusions in her quilts, creating three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Her quilts have won prizes in national and international shows as well as being exhibited at Quilt national 2001. Colleen teaches, lectures, and exhibits her work throughout the United States and internationally.
Colleen has always enjoyed working with fiber. While in college and living overseas, she used to spin yarn and design her own hand-knitted sweaters. When her mother, Arlene Wise, introduced her to quilting in 1991, Colleen found a new passion. She started out as a traditional quilter but, after a few quilts, started creating her own original designs.
Colleen and her husband live in Puyallup, Washington, with their three children. Colleen stays busy volunteering in her children's schools, in Scouts, and in the community. In her spare time, she loves working in her perennial garden, traveling, reading, and hiking in the mountains.
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