I began quilting in 2014, shortly before leaving a 37-year career in teaching and librarianship. I started small, with crib quilts and wall hangings, and now I also make twin-size, queen-size, and t-shirt quilts. Commissions are welcome.
Quilting for me is about texture, color, and design. I do use patterns, but I am much happier creating a more modern or free form design. I also enjoy creating beautiful objects that are functional: almost all of the quilts I make are designed to be used (and washed and dried). A number of them are backed with vintage sheets.
I label all quilts with a title, my name, a location, a date, and an appliqued yo-yo. Yo-yos are round, rosette-like pieces that were popular in the 1930s & 1940s—great for using up fabric scraps—and were typically sewn together to make delicate coverlets. I was given a collection of 800 yo-yos made by a friend’s mother, and now use them as part of my signature. I think that it’s a safe bet that I will never run out.
I take classes, belong to two quilt guilds, and am continually pushing myself to learn new techniques. I also love vintage quilts, study quilt history, and can appraise quilts from any era.
Boston Voyager profile, January 2019
"We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand."