It all started when I was 8 years old and joined a local 4-H club. I learned to sew and never looked back. I’ve tried a variety of crafts over the years. But the ones that have stuck are quilting, knitting and sewing. I also like to bake – especially bread.
I own several sewing machines. It’s hard not to! The Brother PQ-1500s I use the most and is my main machine. I sew everything on it and I love it for piecing because of it’s awesome 1/4-inch foot and the ability to tweak the tension. The new Janome Horizon is my back-up machine. It is fabulous at straight line quilting. I also have 3 vintage Singers… a 1964 white Featherweight that I often take to my sewing group, my grandmother’s 1952 15-91 and a 1950′s 319w that was given to me.
I grew up on a farm in Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University and almost immediately moved out to Seattle, Washington where I met my husband. We recently lost our two furry cat children, Eli the Mighty Hunter and Kiska the Dainty Princess. We sure do miss them!
I like to hike up mountains in the summer and ski down them in the winter. But I also love the city and all that it has to offer – shopping, museums, people watching, good coffee and riding my bicycle. I often dream of owning 2 homes – an old country house and an urban loft condo. I actually live in a 1970′s suburban rambler. Not even close to my dream. But life is still good – as long as I can make stuff.
Sitting at a desk is not one of my strong points. As a kid I was constantly fidgeting. Now, I often do 2 things at once – knit and watch TV, cook and wash laundry, sew and… well, I’m often sewing too many projects at the same time!
~I was extremely shy in my teens and early twenty’s. And I’m still quite self-conscious. I’ll take small intimate gatherings over big parties any day.
~I love to travel.
~I wish I knew how to speak another language.
~I like movies with happy endings.