A lifelong crafter and seamstress, I have shown and sold my textile art since the 1970s, when I was a mere child. I have a BA degree in English and Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and love to write, especially about fiber art.
After several years of other work and raising two children, I joined Symbol of Excellence Publishers in Birmingham, Alabama as a cross-stitch designer, writer, and staff sewing expert for Just CrossStitch, Sampler and Antique Needlework, and Country Stitch magazines. I moved to McCall's Needlework, where I was Special Projects Designer, and to McCall's Quilting as Staff Designer and finally Managing Editor. I designed and wrote instructions for numerous projects published by these magazines until mid 1995, when my family moved to the Atlanta area.
From 1995 to 2000, I worked as a writer and editor for FC&A, a publishing company in Peachtree City, Georgia. I am the author of a self-published quilting book, Fabric Fantasies and Textile Treasures, three "Poem Quilt" patterns, and a 2006-2007 "Block of the Month" series for Heritage Quilts and Fabrics in Newnan. I now work as a freelance designer and quiltmaker, and I lecture and teach using my own designs, patterns and instructions in my home studio in Senoia, Georgia and in the Atlanta metro area.
My quilt "Clara's Quilt" was juried into the "I Remember Mama" exhibit (and the book by the same name) at the 2005 International Quilt Festival in Houston. The exhibit traveled internationally until June 2007. I was a featured artist in the November/December 2007 issue of Newnan-Coweta Magazine. I have also had quilts juried into shows at the East Cobb Quilt Guild, the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild and the Georgia Quilt Show.
My personal style of quilting, sewing and fiber art alternates between whimsical folk art and funky abstract art with an emphasis on recycled materials. I love teaching innovative and easy techniques that help students to be creative, have fun, and put their own personalities into whatever they make.