Quilting and creating fulfills something deep in my soul, I feel complete and satisfied when I can spend even just a half hour in my sewing room. The Fabric comes alive for me, just looking at it, touching it, I can dream up all these possibilities for what it could become. It hasn’t always been this way though. In my teenage years I wouldn’t even consider sewing, or if I did I would become quickly impatient and give up. Sometime in my 20’s I started making my own clothes and then my mother introduced me to quilting, and I quickly became addicted and have been quilting ever since, close to 30 years now! I love the whole process of putting a quilt together - picking out fabric, cutting the pieces, sewing the pieces together, and quilting it. All in all, quilting brings me so much joy!
I am married to a wonderful man and we celebrated our 33rd anniversary in august. I have 3 boys and 1 girl ranging from ages 20-28, and a dog, Rosie. My husband and I enjoy camping, kayaking, wine tasting and seeing our friends. With the kids all grownup we are immeasurable proud of all their accomplishments and continue to cheer from the sidelines.
I was born and grew up in southeast Michigan where I studied piano and sang in choirs. I took nursing training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. I started sewing as a teenager and have had a passion for it ever since. I have sewed for my three children and my wonderful husband, even making my daughters wedding gown.
In the 1970’s I started to quilt, during these early years I did it all by hand. I bought a Viking Sewing machine to keep up with the demand but quilting a large quilt on a domestic machine was sort of like wrestling, and to viewpoint, not fun, But there were too many quilts to be made for me to do it all by hand. In 2004, My daughter and I, made two large changes to our quilting lives. We bought “Millie” a APQS Millennium Long-arm Machine, and we started this quilting business “Quilt For Joy”.
I mainly do free hand work, I enjoy the freedom and expressivity of freehand work, but thats not to say the long-arm machine hasn’t made our creativity easier. I have taken many classes from notable longarmers and have grown to love the long-arm machine. I also love to make fabric art quilts!