I started quilting in 1997 to hold off a mental breakdown. I’m a failed knitter and crocheter. My mother and grandmother were very good at those. I could do it but very slowly and unevenly. I was used to seeing them knitting and it seemed normal to my to have a creative hobby. In 1996-1997 I was my clinical year of vet school. We worked all hours. It was mentally and physically draining. When I had time at home I just wanted to relax. There was a new channel on TV called HGTV and in the morning there was a show on quilting. I was intrigued. I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn’t get it. No one believed me. So I took the little cash I had and bought a cheap machine. It lasted for 10 years.

I’ve given away most of the quilts I’ve made. You have to otherwise you’d be drowning under quilts.


I make quilts for weddings and babies. I donated a lot to charities. I was a state rep for a large quilt charity for a few years.


This is what I’ve been focused on this month. It is a hand pieced project. I expect it to take years.  This is a tiny bit of the upper left corner.