My fascination with sewing started with making Barbie Doll clothes out of upholstery fabric samples. After all, the poor girl had only a black and white striped bathing suit and needed something to wear on dry land. My formal introduction to sewing was in 7th grade sewing class with my first project being a Girl Scout green chambray a-line skirt. I honed my skills during several more high school sewing classes and eventually entered Indiana University, Bloomington in the 70s as a Home Ec major in Clothing Construction.
My love of quilting began in the mid-70s after seeing a magazine cover of a "postage stamp" quilt of a still life fruit bowl. My earliest works were cut one piece at a time with scissors (who knew about rotary cutters) and were hand pieced and quilted. I drifted away from quilting (and garment making as well) for many years until this past year.
In January of 2016, I realized that I had played one too many games of Solitaire on my i-pad and decided to look at my old fabric stash. I began searching local fabric shops and discovered on-line shops as well. A small fortune later, I began creating traditional quilts and anything I could think of to use the many beautiful fabrics I had accumulated.
My sources of inspiration are many. I am grateful to all the quilters who share their designs, ideas and techniques on the internet. The instructional videos are wonderful tools. I am also greatly indebted to the people who make all this gorgeous fabric, especially the makers of batiks who work in horrendous conditions.