I love to create and learn how to do new things. I like to understand how creative things work and if I can do them.
My Nana had more talent in her little finger than I can imagine. She was always creating something beautiful. She got me a hand crank child’s metal Singer sewing machine when I was about 8. I loved making doll clothes for my Troll doll and Barbie.
My mom didn’t want me to touch her sewing machine until I took sewing in Jr. High. I did once without permission and messed it up so bad that it needed a service call. But after my Home Ec. Class I started sewing all my own clothes. It was partly for survival. I was tall and had a limited budget. But it motivated me sew. Plus I loved the creativity and self-expression.
I went on to get my college degree in Home Economics Education. I didn’t have the timing right to start teaching school, so I got a job as a buyer for Hughes Aircraft (military division) in Southern California. I guess if you can buy fabric, you can buy anything.
Within a couple of years my husband got a job transfer to Yakima and we started our family. We lived there from 1982-1990. We loved living here and have many special friends and memories. We then moved to Sammamish (east of Seattle). We now have a daughter and 2 sons, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and a spoiled dog.
I started quilting about 1992 with a group of neighborhood ladies. We made cardboard templates, but at least the rotary cutter was around by then. I was hooked. I took a few classes and was soon teaching through quilt shops. My favorite has always been cotton and wool applique. I love the handwork. But I’ve done about every other type of quilting and have been fortunate to take classes from a wide variety of excellent teachers.
I truly drive my dear husband crazy with my projects, but he’s learned to live with it. I am most happy when I am creating.