I have been quilting since the early 1980s. I was very fortunate
to have grown up with quilts. My grandmother was a quilter and passed
along her love of quilting to me. I started out using commercial patterns
and have progressed to designing my own patterns. I use a software program
called Electric Quilt to help me design my quilts. I specialize in hand
applique and hand quilting. I also make functional everyday quilts.
These are the quilts that you want to snuggle under on a dreary day,
or that a child cuddles up with. I put a lot of love and caring into
every quilt that I make.
24 x 24, machine-pieced and all hand quilted.
34 x 34, all hand quilted with trapunto relief.
Many hours of labor go into making a quilt. First I have to design it.
Then I choose my fabrics. The fabrics then have to be prepared for the
quilt. All of my fabrics (unless specified) are prewashed, dryed, and
then ironed. Following my pattern and design, the fabric for the top
is marked and cut out. This step usually takes quite a while as I always
measure twice before I cut the fabric. The fabric is then pieced or
appliqued to form the quilt top blocks. Sometimes a sashing is added
between the blocks. The borders are then added to the top. After the
quilt top is put together quilting designs are carefully chosen to enhance
the quilt. Then the quilt top is marked for quilting.
step is to lay out the fabric for the back of the quilt, right side
down. The batting is then laid on top of the backing. The quilt top
is then put on top of the other two layers. The three layers are then
basted together, and the quilting is begun. As you can see, many hours
of labor go into making a quilt. A small machine-pieced and machine-quilted
baby quilt may only take 15 or 20 hours while a queen size hand appliqued
and hand quilted quilt can take hundreds of hours. A lot of attention
to detail goes into every quilt that I make. I do this for a love of
quilting and because I want to carry on the tradition that my ancestors
handed down to me. The feeling of continuity and tradition is being
passed on to the next generation.
made quilts and accessories.
are made using the highest quality materials. Every item is made with
the utmost care. All fabrics are prewashed 100% cotton, unless otherwise
I use only 3 brands of batting (unless a customer requests a different
kind to be used). The batting chosen depends upon the use of the final
that I use are:
1. Mountain Mist: cotton, cotton blend, or polyester
2. Quilters Dream cotton: request loft. This a very thin batting
that allows me to get the smallest hand quilting stitches that I can.
3. Fairfield: I use their polyester low loft batting.