I'm a quilter. I love using as many fabrics as possible in my projects. Looking back, this was evident even in my earliest work. When I start a project, I usually have some idea of what I plan to make or try, but each quilt develops as I work on it. I tend to make large quilts, big enough for a bed or to wrap up in. There are several reasons: 1) I like quilts to be useful things of beauty and warmth, 2) my tables and couches are never clear enough for table runners or pillows, and 3) I never get around to putting things up on the wall. For as long as I can remember I've liked to make things. Now that I am retired, I get to spend all my time designing and quilting.
When I was a child, my mother thought everything I made was great (even when it was not). That was very encouraging. I tried lots of needlecrafts along the way. After starting to quilt in the mid 1990s, I was hooked. Quilting has become my passion. Since retiring in 2011, I've become a full time quilter and quilting teacher. I love every step involved and enjoy teaching; through group classes, private instruction, and informal sharing and problem solving. I love teaching and helping others develop their own ideas and skills.
On August 26, 2014, shortly after taking a workshop with Nancy Crow, I wrote in one of my various notebooks, “I'm going to write a book.” At the time I was not completely sure what I would write about, but I started generating ideas. My first book, String Quilt Style, was published by Landauer Publishing in spring 2016. I am already working on another book with Landauer. The next book focuses on making classic quilt blocks using strings. I have ideas for a few others.
I was born, raised,and started my adult life in the Chicago area. I moved to Michigan in my 30s. I have a bachelor of science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago, an MS in Public Health Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD from the University of Michigan. I held a variety of positions related to nursing and health care. I live in Michigan with my husband, five six sewing machines, and a growing stash of quilts, fabric, thread, and yarn. When I'm not quilting, writing, or dreaming of quilts, you may find me reading, napping, playing pickleball, or skiing (if it is winter).