Meet the Newest Alchemist

Let me introduce myself I am Jane Haworth, the newest Alchemist. The Artistic Alchemists have their retreat coming up September 3-7 at Zephyr Point so click on the Workshop tab to see all the workshops on offer for 2018.

I live in Auburn, CA but moved from Devon, England in 1998. This year my family and I will be celebrating our 20th year of living here in beautiful California. A yearly trip back to the UK allows me to catch up with family, visit a pub or two and enjoy all those British foods that I crave.


I am a Pisces, I love to swim and snorkel in the ocean and since discovering Kauai in 2003 my family and I love to visit Hawaii. After that first trip to Kauai I began to make art quilts. I had seen Susan Carlson making one of her fish quilts on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson and so I began to experiment with fabric and make small fish quilts. Then using my photos from that vacation I started to design and make my first real art quilts, using both raw edge and turned edge appliqué.


Waioli Huiia Church in Hanalei Bay, North Shore, Kauai

We love to stay on the North Shore and driving through Hanalei Bay you cannot help but notice this church and of course I had to take a lot of photographs. Then back home over a number of years I have made many quilts of it. Here is a selection of just a few.




Returning in 2007 we stayed at a VRBO house on the beach in Haena, its called Hale Kilo I’a’ which means The house where you watch Fish. It is still our favorite place to stay, and comes highly recommended, although we haven’t been back in a few years. Its owned by the family of the artist Tambi Larsen and has an eclectic mix of original Hawaiian art The House where you watch Fish


Hawaiian Appliqué Fish Quilt

In my years of quilting since 2003 I have returned to making fish quilts on a number of occasions. It must be the Pisces in me. In 2004 I wanted to submit a quilt to a show so I combined many smaller fish to make a larger quilt. I came up with Pacific Oceanlife. I entered it in the local county fair and won 1st place for novice quilter and a sewing machine! I also entered into the quilt show in Paducah and it got juried in.


Pacific Oceanlife before quilting.

In 2016 I was asked by my guild to design their opportunity quilt for 2018 which I was quite honored to do. Rather than look for a pattern to use I decided I would design it myself and then invite guild members to help work on it. I came up with Rainbow Fish. It has rows of varying sized raw-edge appliqué fish each placed onto an improv pieced quilt block. My fish designs came naturally to me especially when I looked at the bathroom I had painted for my children back in 1999.




And also this gouache painting I made in 1991, that hangs on my living room wall


The photo is not great because of the lighting and the glare of the glass but you can see I am still drawn to those same fish designs and use of  bright colors. I realized I could make the same kind of image using not paint but fabric.


Rainbow Fish, 2018 Opportunity Quilt for Foothill Quilt Guild

My favorite way to work is still raw edge fabric collage or appliqué and that is what I will be teaching at the Alchemist’s retreat this September at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. I am still making fish quilts but have branched out to work on reptiles, birds, flowers, faces and now my biggest love is pet faces mainly dogs in both realistic and abstract color ways.  Look at my website for more photos of my work janehaworth


Winston, British Bulldog in progress

I will close with a photo of my family when we posed for photos, at sunset, on Tunnels Beach whilst staying in Haena, Kauai in 2008. I will dream about our next stay at The House where you watch Fish but keep making art quilts in the meantime. Message me if you have questions about my workshop, Fabric Collage Addiction.


10 thoughts on “Meet the Newest Alchemist

  1. Welcome Jane! Congrats on your first post. We’re so happy you have joined us, and I look forward to lots of fun getting to know you!

  2. Very nice intro, beautiful quilts and family. Always exciting to see an Artist Alchemy note in my inbox–stirs up creative juices and opens possibilities (even if I never get to attend a workshop). So, thank you!

      • Naw, I’m only a size 8. 🙂 You’re bringing a wonderful energy and creative excitement to the retreat, and it shows in the comments here. Shifting gears. . . I’ve been to the UK twice but never got to Devon. One of my friends was a travel writer and said it was her very favorite part of England. It’s on my list of places to see, for sure!

  3. Wow, if I was a quilter we could be sisters. My husband and I renewed our vows at the little Green Church in Hanalei, on our 50th anniversary, I also am a Pisces, have spent many trips enjoying Tunnels beach, can’t wait to get back. We have a bathroom dedicated to the sea in our home. I know you will have a ball with this group of gals, sorry I have to miss being a part of it this year. Will have to show you some fish embroidery I have.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s