Tell us about your family:
I have two
grown sons, Russ & Andy, a daughter in law, Brooke, and two grandsons, Trent & Tristen. I've no sisters, daughters
or grandaughters, which makes the fact that I have so many wonderful sisters in the guild that much more important to me!
Tell us about your work life:
I'm a realtor
and the office manager of Century 21 Home & Farm Realty in Seward. It doesn't leave me as much time as I'd like
for quilting, but I enjoy my work very much.
How did you get started quilting?
away, one year, from the quilt show at Nebraska City's Apple Jack Festival with quilts on my mind. Sometime later I
picked up a quilt magazine at a convenience store while on a lengthy car trip. I used the instructions in the back to
start making my first quilt.
I later learned
that both my Grandmother's were prolific quilters although I haven't been able to see any of their work. I know one
of them made many fan quilts and double wedding ring quilts.
What did your first quilt look
It was a
ridiculously ambitious, queen-sized basket quilt. The workmanship is hideous but the colors are pleasing and my family used
it for years, calling it the "magic quilt" because it always made an ill person feel better to curl up under it.
How long have you been a member
of BVQG? I believe since 1996.
To what other groups do you belong?
B.A.B.E.S. - The Back Alley Bunch Evening Society, The Moffit Street Mystery Writers and various real
estate organizations, but I've yet to take the plunge with the state guild, I'm afraid.
What inspires you to quilt?
Other people's work, the look and feel of fabric, very often nature. Its really about color for
me. I like to use simple patterns and just play with the color.
What projects are you currently
working on? A very simple bow tie quilt I started in order to use up scraps. It did use a
lot of them, too!
What is your most annoying UFO,
and do you think you'll ever finish it? Something called Paddlewheels and Pinwheels. I used all
fabrics from one collection and I have points that don't meet. The blocks and half blocks were made when my skills were
not very highly evolved and I don't know if I ever will finish it. Any volunteers?