I love every aspect of quilting! I love to design and make quilts, teach quilting classes, hang out in the Quiltscapes studio and do custom free-motion quilting for clients on my longarm quilting machine, Old Betsy! I constantly think about quilting, dream about quilting, talk about quilting, and can hardly wait to get up in the mornings to get quilting! Fabric speaks to me, and I listen... You might say I'm a little bit passionate about quilting....
Quilting is a connection to generations of women in my family. I began sewing as a child, and have many fond memories of spending time in the sewing room with my mother and two sisters. I pretty much grew up under a quilt frame, helping my mom tie quilts, eventually learning to hand-quilt whole-cloth tricot wedding quilts with my Grandma. I remember looking over my Great-grandma's shoulder as she pieced countless quilts for charity and family.
My first pieced quilt was a log cabin quilt that my Mother had begun shortly before her death in 1999. It would have been her first pieced quilt too. I finished the quilt and gave it to my Dad the next Christmas. It was made with love and tears, and healed my grief with every stitch. I was hooked! And as history has a way of repeating itself, I now enjoy spending time in the sewing room with my own daughters. Each of them are accomplished quilters as well and have received numerous awards and recognition for their sewing and quiltmaking. A quilting demonstration took one of the girls to a national 4-H competition in 2009.
|Twenty-year-old triplets and their "Turning Twenty" quilts|