As we all probably did, in the 8th grade, I took my first sewing class (my teacher’s name was Doris Cleary) and fell in love with the craft. Previously, as a little girl, my mother taught me to knit, crochet and embroider. I remember being in awe of my mother’s neat and even stitches – wondering if I’d ever be as good as she. I love all aspects of fabric and design and took classes in pattern design and tailoring in the 80’s. In the 90’s, I had a Home Dec business until 2003 when I started quilting. Mostly self taught, I took a few classes at Fabric Expressions with Karla Esh and Juanita. Once I started quilting, all other form of sewing were left behind & I have designed and made many, many quilts ever since.
My passion is focused on traditional patchwork – using basic construction techniques and using reproduction fabrics. I love all things vintage and like designing quilts that look old or look as if they are from a previous era.
Several of my quilts have won ribbons, including 2 from Mancuso – 2008 and 2011 – and 2 – 1st Prize Blue ribbons from the Colorado State Fair.
I designed and made the 2012 ACQ Raffle Quilt and the 2013 Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Raffle Quilt, A Star Within, which you can view on the RMQM website or at the museum in Golden.
Currently, I am an active member and Docent at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, where I have taught youth sewing and quilting classes. I am also a member of the Arapahoe County Quilt Guild. I have been teaching sewing, home dec sewing and designing and now quilting for the past 15 years in my home and now at Wooden Spools.
What I love about teaching is the wonder of it when all the pieces of fabric fit together. I love the look in my students eyes when they see that – yes, I can do it, I can make this too, and make it well.