When I was young, my mom repeatedly asked to teach me to sew. And like any girl growing up in the 80s and 90s, I was desperate to be independent and everything-not-domestic. I was slightly tom-boyish, preferring soccer and sports to dance lessons. Absolutely refusing to learn to sew and cook. I always enjoyed art, but a busy schedule never really allowed for me to explore it.
I went off to college and studied mechanical engineering. Being 1 of 2 women in my classes, I was completely submerged in everything male. Gears, beers, and dirty jokes. It was a lot to handle. After working a couple years in the trucking industry, I married my husband. I relocated, went to grad school, and finally started to reconnect with the artist in me. I tried a variety of crafty hobbies.....cross-stitch.... knitting..... scrapbooking.....
But nothing really hit home until I tried quilting almost 10 years ago. I became obsessed! I am self-taught and enjoy creating my own designs. The need for detail, precise cuts and seam allowances perfectly suits the anal retentive engineer in me. I started this website after sewing alone in my basement for years. I needed a friend!
I've come a long way from the hodge-podge that is my first-ever quilt to that which inspires me now. I started my quilt pattern company, Gen X Quilters, in 2010. I also am the founder and former president of the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild (now the Columbus Modern Quilters).
I love teaching (ahem, recruiting new fabric addicts) at local quilt shops and enjoy presenting lectures for guilds on modern quilting. I have appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and my designs are published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, American Quilter Magazine, Generation Q Magazine and Modern Quilts Unlimited. Sister Sampler Quilts is my first book with Fons and Porter Books, a division of F&W in 2015.
I hope this space will help connect quilters so that we may keep quilting going strong in years to come. I look forward to hearing about you too!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.