I am celebrating my 20th year as a quilter and what a celebration it is! I love the process of quilt making now more than ever and have come to understand the quilt making surface hasn't even been scratched. Like many quilters I started learning how to quilt on my own, using fabrics that I somehow expected to see in quilts, small scale florals, some solids in colors that, oh, lets just say are “traditional”. I look back on these quilts with great fondness, grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a quilter.
Learning how to machine quilt, actually learning how to practice machine quilting offered me the opportunity to compete (I‘ve won a few ribbons on my own and with Keith and Jeanie), teach (local quilt shop, AQS Knoxville, MQX West and MQX New England Quilt Festival Manchester, write (Quilting Arts, The Quilt Life), and be a guest on Quilting Arts TV (episode 505). I'm privileged to have “Twilight in the Bronx” as cover art on an CD for Generation Jones, a duo from England. Most of my quilts have been stitched on a BERNINA 1080, which does not have a stitch regulator. I am currently quilting on a BERNINA 780 which does have one however I still prefer to quilt non-stitch regulated.
The gift of quilting over the last few years has included being asked to submit quilts for Mary Kerr’s “Cutting-Edge Art Quilts” which included: Twilight in the Bronx, Moon Over Manhattan and Serendipity, the original work for the book. “@play” is the result of a challenge from Machine Quilting Unlimited and shhh don’t tell the other quilts, it’s my favorite.
Teaching free motion machine quilting is my passion. Watching my students slow down and relax as they quilt – there is nothing better. One of my favorite classes is “And Now What?!” where I teach a way of practicing that does not involve the machine. Learning how to doodle with both the dominant and non-dominant hand helps develop the muscle memory for stitching on the machine.
Currently I am working on three competition quilts one with Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero based on her Kaleidoscope Creator Software, one with Keith Dommer, his original design and several of my own as well as working on quilts for family and friends.
I live in New York City with my husband Bob and quilt inspector Barnum.