Background Information

I was fortunate to grow up with a mom who does all kinds of needlearts. I began sewing doll clothes when I was 6 years old, graduating later to making all of of my own clothing. By the time I discovered quilting, I had a healthy supply of scraps just waiting to become quilts. Combining that with my love of puzzles made quilting a natural.

In my over 45 years of teaching quiltmaking, I have enjoyed being on the faculty of several distinguished conferences all across the nation (including the AQS show in Paducah), as well as working with guilds of memberships ranging from 25 to 400.

I am a graduate of the Embroiderers' Guild of America's Teacher Certification Program in Quiltmaking. The intensive two year examination program tests not only the candidates' stitching skills but also their knowledge of color and design, history of their chosen field, and classroom abilities. I am one of only a handful of instructors nationwide who have been certified by the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA) as an Instructor in Quiltmaking.

In addition to teaching, I also enjoy writing. My seven quiltmaking books range from quilt history, three dimensional applique, and quilted clothing, to scrap quilts, and patterns inspired by the Little House on the Prairie books. I have also served as Chairman of both EGA's National Master Craftsman Program for Quiltmaking and Teacher Certification Programs. I have curated numerous quilt exhibits, as well as been involved as a judge at regional exhibits, and participated in an Exhibit Judging Forum which established guidelines now used nationwide.

A native of upstate New York State, I currently live in southwest Wisconsin. I am happy to tailor programs to meet the needs of your group. Enjoy browsing through my course offerings. Clicking on "Course Offerings" in the menu bar will give you an overview of the over 60 programs I offer. Clicking on any category will give you descriptions of classes in that category.

And be sure to check out my Tips section. Every month, a new tip is added, with previous tips remaining online to help make your quilting life more enjoyable.

Let me know if you have any questions. Clicking on my email address in the header will link you to my email account. Be sure to check out the What's New section for the latest updates on classes, retreats, and other happenings. I look forward to hearing from you. Happy Quilting!


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