tropical downpour
at an arranged marriage
bride silent – inward tears

— Barbara Dexter-Smith

I’ve created a new class combining my loves of haiku and quilting. “Haikuilts” are tiny little quilts — each 5″ x 7″ and inspired by a haiku written by the quilter.  I taught the class for the first time at AQS QuiltWeek Paducah, and it went wonderfully!

What I didn’t expect was how deeply personal and even cathartic the quilts were, how touching the stories that were shared. It turned out to be a really special day. Here are some of the beautiful haiku quilts made by my students, together with their haiku.

Thank you ladies!


sparkling water
big splash
wagging tail

— Janet Vance



boat on the water
big sound scares
old tree is falling down

Lucia Souza, Brazil



morning glories
dressed in dew
morning glory

– Cindy Neibaur



tiny paws
dance on her heart
healing begins


Haikuilt Jean Kuni

incoming call
heartfelt decision
don’t live in a fish

— Jean Kuni