Fabric artist Kristine Luber makes quilted masterpieces! Most of her work involved the Kansas landscape, especially of the Flint Hills. The artist visits the region often, taking pictures which she later uses as references and makes fabric prints for her quilt art. Kristine Luber has been showing her award-winning fabric artwork in Kansas and neighboring states for the past decade. She frequently uses prairie vistas to create her fabric collages by stitching together photos printed on fabric with patchwork then embellishing with machine embroidery and hand beading. She finds it challenging to use fabric scraps to create landscapes and skyscapes. She’s also been known to put a modern twist on traditional patchwork quilt patterns. Kris makes three-dimensional pieces as well, and she uses her fabric flowers, leaves and butterflies in sculptures and wall art. Some of her pieces are wearable or utilitarian. She makes light-weight fabric jewelry, embellishes women’s clothes and upholsters chairs with her artwork. It’s a rare day when Kris doesn’t have a needle in hand to “sew something.” “If it can be made of fabric, I’ve done it, often using my art in clothing and home decorations. If a material can be stitched, I’ve used it. I have a large stash of vintage fabric scraps; and I also use neckties, ribbon, lace, yarn, wire, buttons and beads in my work. I seldom buy any new materials because I have plenty of supplies from my family’s accumulation, thrift stores and generous friends. No matter what kind of project I’m working on, my incentive to create comes from the desire to turn items that might otherwise be relegated to the landfill into something beautiful.