From my early years trying to make a doll dress to joining 4-H to professional career I have been creating with fabric. Since retirement my focus has been on designing and creating both traditional and artistic quilts that reflect family heritage. I design patterns that are simple enough for beginning quilters but challenge advanced quilters to promote quilting connections from one generation to another. From the formation of childhood friendships to the loss of family members quilts can tell the stories of our lives and are a way to share and preserve the family stories and traditions. I also relish the time to create those one of a kind small quilts that are personal in terms of memories but might spark reflections for others to consider sharing.
My goal for 2015 is to make a memory quilt to brighten my mother’s room at the care center. Each small wall hanging is based on a single block that will recall a memory that we have shared as a family. Simple directions are posted along with a picture of the finished project so that others might enjoy the process and the product. I believe that in 2016 I will be doing a block of the month resulting in a large family legacy quilt. In addition I will making a quilt by hand (honoring my grandmother’s skills) as we travel through Alaska. Always more to do than time to do it.