I am a Professional Long Arm Quilter. I have been quilting for 30 years and Long Arm Quilting as a business for 9 years. I am an award winner, designer, educator and published author. I am actively involved in many quilting projects in local quilt guild shows, fairs and National shows. I design quilt patterns and teach classes from beginner to Long Arm quilting. My husband and I have moved my studio to a local renovated building we purchased in the heart of Celtic country in Maxville, Ontario. My goal for quilting is to always promote the Art of Quilting and all it’s benefits no matter where I go. My passion for quilting started at a very young age with my paternal grandmother and I have never looked back. I live in Apple Hill Ontario with my husband and children.
After I received a quilt from my grandmother as a teenager, it inspired me to start quilting. When I set to make my first quilt, I bought a magazine with my favourite quilt pattern on it—a log cabin design.
I ambitiously set out to make a large quilt for the queen bed I planned to eventually own. Then I was off to to the fabric shop to buy a variety of light blue and pink calico fabrics.
Using tailoring scissors and a measuring tape, I cut out every piece individually. Then I sat sewing at my mom’s green Singer sewing machine listening to Alabama. I finished that quilt—holes and all—and was pretty proud of my first quilting accomplishment. I was hooked!
I took my first quilting class in downtown Cornwall, Ontario and was immediately in love with all the modern tools—no more cardboard cut-outs for me! My first projects were quilted by hand by a lady friend. Then I took my first free motion quilting class on a regular domestic machine.
Later I progressed to a larger sewing machine that gave me more space to free-motion quilt my own quilts; however, the large quilts I made were still too big for me to do so I would send those away to a long arm quilter.
Triumphing After Tragedy
In 2012 my house burned down. I lost 60 quilts in the fire. That experience compelled me to do what I love so I quit my government job and bought a longarm Gammill Vision 26. I have never looked back.
Left Brain/Right Brain
There is a tremendous amount of creativity put into the creation of a quilt, from pattern choice to fabric selection to colour coordination. Artistic choices must be made all along the way as the quilt comes together. The final step of quilting demands creativity to make the quilt pop and add texture without taking away from the quilt itself.
I am a math geek and love working with angles and measurements. I also like architectural designs. I wanted to be an architect in high school and took many drafting classes in both mechanical and architectural drafting. My mother is a gifted seamstress and my father was a tool designer who taught drafting in high school (before AutoCAD!).
Enjoying My Quilts
I use all of my quilts. Many are on the beds in my house or hang on quilt racks on the walls. I change the quilts with the seasons. I also give away quilts to my family and enter quilts in local competitions.
I find it rewarding to make my own quilts but also to share my skills to help others achieve their dream quilts.