I’m a member of the “good life” generation - the baby
boomers. Like many children in the 1950’s, I had
a mother who was a full-time homemaker, but she was also
a talented seamstress and when her “chores” were done
she would sew. She would give me the fabric scraps
and a threaded needle and I would commence creating knots
and wads of tangled fabric. I soon realized that
modern technology was the way to go and I begged her to
teach me to use the sewing machine.
Finally at age 7 she set me loose on her Singer featherweight
and I’ve been a “sewing fool” ever since.
started my first quilt in 1973. It was a rather
ambitious undertaking for a “wet-behind-the-ears” quilter.
It was a full-size (as in full-size mattress) quilt using
the bear’s paw pattern in blue and off white. I
wanted to make sure it was extra warm so I put two layers
of batting in it. It was so thick I was lucky to
get 6-7 stitches to the inch when hand quilting it.
I faithfully quilted most days for an hour or so.
TWO YEARS LATER it was finally finished and it turned
out pretty nice. I learned a lot from that quilt:
(1) never put two layers of batting in anything, especially
a quilt; (2) any quilt over the size of a crib should
be machine quilted if you want it done in a reasonable
time; and (3) I can make a lot more quilts if I keep them
small. I’ve made a lot of quilts since then and
my techniques have improved considerably. I favor
traditional quilts and adore antique quilts which I collect
and, in some cases, restore. Some of my quilts are
made for family members but the majority are commissioned.
I have been selling my original creations at local bazaars
for a number of years and have had requests for patterns,
so I decided it was time to put them on the market.
In addition to making
quilts, I cross stitch pictures of old houses. I
love the architectural detailing of older homes and I
try to capture that in my work. When traveling,
I don’t buy souvenirs, I take pictures of wonderful old
homes. When I return home, the pictures are drawn
up and cross stitched – and voila, I have souvenirs.
I hope you enjoy my patterns
as much as I have enjoyed creating them. I will
be posting new patterns every couple of weeks so make
sure you stop back in for a visit.