DREAM! Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the quilts of Joanie Zeier Poole. Elegance and sophistication in stitches are words used to describe her showpiece quilts. Please come in and enjoy her refined free-motion quilted artwork. All of the designs Joanie uses are original and she uses a regular size sewing machine for constriction as well as the quilting of the layers regardless of the size of the piece.

Combining her elegant style, rich fabrics, lightweight thread, and the perfect batting, Joanie sculpts patchwork and appliqué canvasses with original illustrations and background textures. The unusual trellis, checkerboard and basket weave background textures are Joanie’s personal signature. Current work focuses on including narrative images in the design, using images and initials to dedicate her work to special people and events. Read the stories of the life experiences and relationships they represent.

Joanie has made several quilts with her friend, Pam Levenhagen. Pam is a talented artist who painted fabric for these pieces, which Joanie constructed and quilted the layers into unique expression of their combined talents. Enjoy the photos of all the quilts and read about the awards earned at quilt many national competitions.

Treasures of Julia’s Life

Treasures of Julia’s Life

Treasures of Julia’s Life67” x 80” 2002 This quilt was created in 2001, my first full-size piece made to enter in major shows. My intention was to showcase original ornate designs and graphic images using Heirloom Machine Quilting. The rich fabric choices combined with the large-scale floral to enhance the vintage appeal of this piece […]

To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold68” x 80”2002 This quilt celebrates the splendor of matrimonial love. It has similarities to a marriage in that constructing it was a journey filled with great joy, daily struggles and ultimately great satisfaction in my accomplishments. Created in the fall of 2002, this quilt took 3 and 1/2 months to […]

Springtime Sweethearts

Springtime Sweethearts

Springtime Sweethearts49″ x 49″2002 I chose the refreshing colors of spring to enhance this original design in patchwork and Heirloom Machine Quilting. The center of the piece features an illustration of a lovebird nesting in a floral wreath, stitched with silk thread. The luster of the green and ivory RJR Sateen fabric reflects the original […]

Ode to Diane

Ode to Diane

Ode to Diane50” x 50” 2000 The four patchwork basket blocks that form a central medallion for this wall quilt were constructed at a workshop titled Sixteen Baskets of Mud, taught by Diane Gaudynski in the fall if 1999. The quilting was completed in March of 2000, just after a weekend seminar with Diane covering […]

Maggie's Quilt; Wrap up in my Love

Maggie’s Quilt; Wrap up in my Love

Maggie’s Quilt; Wrap up in my Love42” x 50” 2015 Made for the arrival of a very special delivery, Maggie’s Quilt uses colors to match the décor of her sweet nursery.  A surprisingly simple patchwork center is surrounded by a hand-appliquéd border.  Soaring blue birds overlay the vine with a variety of leaf shapes. This […]

La Petit II

La Petit 2

La Petit 223″ x 23″  2004 This is the second miniature quilt inspired by a woven coverlet made in England, c.1850. The coverlet was woven in a manner to imitate French hand quilting style called boutis. Joanie made her machine quilted miniature highlighting the extraordinary designs that were originally quilted by hand. © Joanie Zeier […]

Enter Folk Art Meets Free Motion; 82 Inches of Domestic Freedom

Folk Art Meets Free Motion; 82 Inches of Domestic Freedom

Folk Art Meets Free Motion; 82 Inches of Domestic FreedomJoanie Zeier Poole  82” x 82”2014 The machine pieced and hand appliqued top was inspired by the Buttermilk Farm Quilt by Teri Christopherson of Black Mountain Quilts, ©1998. This quilt demonstrates the impact that learning free-motion quilting had on this 15 year old quilt top. Joanie […]

Embroidered Elegance 1

Embroidered Elegance 1

Embroidered Elegance 124” x 29”2008 This small piece is Joanie’s first real attempt at using my embroidery equipment. The layout for the quilt and the floral designs were drawn in Adobe Illustrator. Next, they were imported into Creative DRAWings, software that assigned stitches to vector artwork and tells an embroidery machine how the designs should […]

Doodle Bird I

Doodle Bird 1

Doodle Bird 124” x 34”2012  Painted fabric by Pam Levenhagen,  quilted by Joanie Zeier Poole The second quilt created by two friends; Pam Levenhagen painted the fabric and Joanie quilted this piece inspired by an original painting by Pam. The colorful surface is filled with tiny quilted motifs that at times follow the painted images […]

Bountiful Vineyard

Bountiful Vineyard

Bountiful Vineyard35” X 35”2001 A patchwork grapevine wreath is the central focus of this vibrant wall quilt. Joanie’s original drawing of a garland of grapes, leaves and vines wrapped around a rail fills the outer border. A complimentary color scheme of gold and purple create a vivid energy for this heirloom machine quilted piece. Joanie […]

Lea's Choice quilt

Lea’s Choice

Lea’s Choice81” x 81”2007 Traditional motifs with a garden theme were chosen for this delicate hand appliquéd piece that was quilted on a regular sewing machine using hand-guided free-motion quilting. The images represent my friends with the Prairie Heritage Quilters, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, a group that I have belonged to for many years. In […]

fais de beaux reves poole

Fais de beaux rêves

Fais de beaux rêves68” x 80” Joanie Zeier Poole2005 The story of this quilt, Fais de beaux rêves, began two years before I knew what that the title phrase meant. The purchase of the fabric set in motion the creation of the design, but the theme for the piece didn’t reveal itself until it was […]