I’ve always been a little crazy about learning how to do things myself. I made my first quilt in a sewing class in high school, as a mandatory senior project. Although I enjoyed the process, I was less than crazy about the fabric I had to use. When the quilt top was finished, it was stored away in a box. Several years later, as a young newlywed, my best friend was expecting her first baby. I thought I would try my hand at quilting again, to make something special for this sweet new arrival. I went to the fabric store and was immediately enamored with the choices. It took me hours to put together the fabrics I would use, and I loved every minute. Then, since I didn’t have a sewing machine of my own, I pieced that first quilt together with my husband’s great-grandmother’s sewing machine–a classic singer with only a straight stitch.
Over the next 5 years, I would make quilt after quilt to celebrate the sweet babies coming to friends and family, even as my husband and I struggled with infertility. It was therapeutic, a good way to focus effort and energy on the positive, and spend enough time thinking about and adjusting to the idea that another baby was being born that wasn’t mine. When I presented the quilts to new mommies, I could truly smile and be happy for them, because I had worked through my feelings while creating for their benefit. Quilting helped me during one of the hardest things I have gone through.
With so many quilts to make, I quickly grew tired of my standby patterns, and soon began designing my own–and then I was truly hooked. My quilt production slowed down a bit with the birth of my first 2 children, twins. But I got back to it, and now, with the amazing support of family and friends I am writing the patterns for my original creations. Quilting has made a difference in my life, and I’m excited to share my love with others through patterns.
While writing and creating each quilt pattern, I do my best to make the instructions as clear as possible. My hope is that anyone could pick up my pattern and be successful in making it, no matter their skill level. That said, please, please contact me if there is anything you don’t understand or think is incorrect. I love to help out.
I have been quilting for over 10 years now, and plan to keep doing it for a very, very long time.
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