I began sewing as a kid with my mother who made our clothes. Following this love of sewing, I
eventually studied Home Economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I graduated with a
degree in Education and a Certification in Food Service. After many years of moving, job changes and
raising children, I settled in Virginia where I discovered quilting. For the last 7 years, I have had a long
arm quilting business and taught in several of the local quilt shops.
I began quilting with Paper Piecing and, from there, found my way back to Bargello, I enjoyed
Needlepoint when I was a teenager and had done several Bargello pieces as the colors, movement and’
symmetry appealed to me. Now I teach Bargello quilting by breaking down the steps and making the
complicated looking designs easy and enjoyable. | also teach Paper Piecing and specific patterns that
students have asked me to teach.
I have taught many classes over the years encompassing other fields of interest such as Cake
Decorating, Candy Making, Bread Making and Cooking with students ranging in age from 12 to 86. I
have trimmed back my crafting to quilting as this seems to be where I am happiest. I am a true fabric
lover and always find fabrics I must have, if not for their color than for the print. I even have some
pieces that I will never cut up because the print, color and feel of the fabric is so perfect that petting it
soothes my soul. I have recently joined the teaching staff at Berger’s and am looking forward to
offering different classes in the future.