I have been a quilter for longer than I haven't been one. I began sewing in 4-H at the age of ten. My Grandma Smith also taught me to crochet. I made my first quilt with a group from my high school French class, to give to our pregnant teacher. I found the process so interesting, that I began to make a quilt for myself. It was a charm quilt make from scraps from sewing clothing.
For my first Christmas, my husband purchased me a Singer sewing machine. I continued making clothing, but also began reading every book at the library on quilting. I am a self-taught quilter. I have made many mistakes along the way, but have continued to learn and apply new skills to my repertoire. My first hand-quilted quilt was an Ohio Star baby quilt that was cut from cardboard templates and scissors. It was made before the advent of the rotary cutter into the quilt market.
I joined a local group of quilters in the 1980's and continue to meet with these friends and mentors twice monthly. Since then, I have joined several other quilt organizations. I am a member and past president of the Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild. Last year, I began an Applique Club in our guild. I am also a member of the National Quilting Association and a member of the Michigan Quilt Network. These organizations have expanded my quilting network and offered additional experiences to increase my quilting knowledge. I find encouragement and inspiration from my two sisters, who have recently joined me in my quilting endeavors. Recently, I joined the American Quilt Study Group and hope to increase my knowledge of quilting and quilt history.
I enjoy many types of quilts, however, applique is my current passion. Sunbonnet Sue is an especially favorite pattern. Scrap quilts and vintage fabrics attract my attention at quilt shows. I also enjoy reading about quilt history in books and blogs. I have an extensive collection of quilt books and also enjoy the Elm Creek Quilt fiction books. I attend as many quilt shows as I am able to afford, and often submit quilts for the show. Judges comments have provided additional guidance for improving my quilting techniques. I upgraded to a Bernina several years ago, which is my main sewing tool. However, I have also collected several Singer sewing machines including a 1952 Centennial Featherweight, a 1980 Athena owned by my Grandma Smith, and an early 1900's treadle.
My future endeavors include becoming a quilt appraiser and learning to make my own dyed fabrics. I would especially like to learn the technique of batiking.
Outside of the quilt world, I am a wife, mother and grandmother of three. My full time job, that pays for my quilting, is as a Registered Dietitian. I make my home in Michigan.