Bio

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Quilts are the threads in the fabric of our history, culture and everyday lives. They meet functional needs and give us an outlet for our creativity. They tell stories and unite us as people. They give us an opportunity to show our compassion and care for others. And they help us pass our legacies on to future generations.

I am constantly amazed and delighted at what these pieces of fabric accomplish in and through us as quiltmakers. They celebrate our joys, comfort us in our sorrows and help us learn more about ourselves in the process of their creation.

Raised in California, I was taught to sew at an early age by my great-grandmother and great aunt. Beginning in the 1970’s, I taught needlework and quilting for the community college system in southern California, also teaching for quilt conferences, quilt guilds, quilt shops and private groups throughout the United States. I specialize in bringing new life to traditional patterns with creative arrangements and inventive color and fabric choices. The author of two books, I was also named a California Living Treasure as part of the California Quilt Heritage Project.

As a quilting teacher, I am always looking for new ways to help my students fully embrace the history, importance and joy of quilting. I am dedicated to ensuring my students success and am known for streamlining methods with lots of tips and tricks. Learn a new technique, discover a shortcut and embrace the world of quilting with me.

Honors

  • California Quilt Heritage Project, named a California Living Treasure
  • SAR – Martha Washington Award for work on authentic period Revolutionary Costumes
  • DAR – Special Award for overseeing fundraising project featuring the recreation of a quilt in the DAR museum
  • OCQG – Featured quilter
  • NCGQ – Featured quilter
  • The Quilters play in Los Angeles – featured quilter during pre-performance, intermission, and post-performance, with quilts exhibited in lobby
  • The Bradford House, Placentia – Featured quilter during Heritage Days
  • The Red Cross House Santa Ana – Featured quilter during Heritage Days
  • The Arboretum House, CSUF – Featured quilter during Heritage Days
  • Worked on blocks for California Sesquicentennial Quilt
  • Designed and oversaw creation of Fund Raising quilt for North Cities Quilt Guild, 2000
  • Quilts Exhibited at 2 separate exhibits at Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Teaching Experience

  • 31-years teaching with NOCCCD community college district
  • 25-years teaching with RSC community college district
  • 12-years teaching with ABC community college district
  • Teaching with Carnival Cruise Lines
  • CQHP – teaching 4th grade classes during the project year
  • Yorba Linda School District – Quilting classes taught at several campuses in conjuction with classroom lecture
  • Salem Lutheran School – Quilting classes taught in a one week format for 4th grade classes, for a period of 4 years
  • Quilt Retreat In Big Bear, 1998, 2003, 2005
  • Private classes in Tucson Arizona, 2000, 2003
  • Private classes in Sandy Utah
  • Private classes in Mississippi
  • Private classes in Southern California, 1982-present
  • Quilt shops; Calico House; Tall Mouse; Calico Corner; Material Possessions; Flying Geese Quilt Shop; The Quilt Basket; Quilted Apple; The Bunny Hutch; Fresh Picked Fabrics;  Cozy Cottage; Piecemakers; Tole, Tilly n’ Stitches;

Published Works
Patches of Glory book, 1991
Sweet Dreams: Heirloom Quilts for Babies, with Helen Frost, 1996

TV Appearances
Simply Quilts; Episode 528