Valerie is a creative quilter who lets her spirit give her unexpected results. Her joy is letting ideas unfold in the process of creating a quilt. She has made few traditional quilts since her first sampler in 1993, and over time has shifted from needle-turn applique to using fusibles, and from precision piecing to any technique to avoid that. 

In her presentations, she shares her love of quilt design and the stories behind her quilts. She has also spread her wings into writing to tell the deeper story.