I started quilting about 10 years ago. Before that I always did plenty of handwork–needlepoint, cross stitch, spinning and knitting, a little weaving, and some rug hooking. I started with traditional quilting, which I still enjoy, but I found that I was attracted to various types of art quilting. Since retiring in 2011 (from my career as a NICU nurse) I have been able to work full time on art quilting. It has been a real blessing to be able to work consistently on my art.
I live alone (well, with four dogs!) in a small cabin in the Sierra Foothills. My cabin is my studio! I have my sewing/quilting table and fabric storage in what used to be the dining room. My design wall is in the bedroom (really only a few feet away from the dining room.) And I do a lot of hand stitching in my big easy chair in the living room.
I enjoy writing a bit, and taking pictures, and have had a blog on healthy living and weight loss for about four years. You can read more about that side of my life here. I found that I was including more and more about my quilting on that blog, so I started a quilt blog, mostly to journal about the process and projects that I am currently working on. Recently I was given the opportunity to write for The Quilt Show as their “healthy living quilter.” Its all been tremendous fun, sharing my life with others I might never have met.