I grew up in Central Illinois, attended the University of Illinois (majoring in music), and married my husband of over 40 years (whom I met in a music camp in high school). We've had a wonderful life—living in Norway, Germany, and France (Paris) before settling near San Francisco for 25 years. Several years ago my husband took a job in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is a fabulous place filled with many artistic, musical, talented and interesting people.
In Santa Fe I play in a community orchestra, a chamber group, a string quartet, and am a docent at the Museum of International Folk Art. I also belong to the New Mexico chapter of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.
My father's mother was a quilter and I do have two of her quilts. My mom wasn't really crafty or artistic, nor was her mother. Everyone in my family was stunned when they saw me first making non-traditional quilts. Well, to be honest, they were stunned when I first began making any kind of quilts. I am proud to say that my daughters have both made quilts. Unbelievable.
I have two smart, talented daughters. Alison lives in Chicago, has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and works at the University of Chicago. Alexandra lives in California and has a Master's in Education and works in the service industry.
Along with my friend Lani Longshore, I am part of Broken Dishes Repertory Theatre. We entertain guilds, seminars, retreats, and conventions by giving programs of quilting musical comedy. We also teach workshops. We write the "plots" and the lyrics together, and I write the music. We have a great time doing this.
Our second book "When Chenille Is Not Enough" was printed in paperback and released in April 2013. It is now available on Amazon as well as on smashwords.com.
Third in the trilogy, "The Chenille Ultimatum", will be out in 2014.
Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak and I organize Art Quilt Santa Fe Retreats. 2014 will be our fourth season. We will have three teachers, Linda Beach, Betty Busby, and Carol Shinn, each teaching for three days April 21-23, 2014.
Please contact me via email if you are interested in any of my current designs, something for commission, or to discuss teaching opportunities.