Born in Chicago and raised in the northwest suburbs, I have always enjoyed making things by hand.  My first project was a discarded model airplane my younger brother did not have the patience to make.  When my mother saw my affinity for working with my hands, she started buying all kinds of craft projects for me to make. From mosaics and crewel to paper tole and rosemalling, I would sit down, read the directions, and just do it.

I started sewing in high school with the help of a home economics class.   I received my first sewing machine in 1967 at the age of 15 and sewed all my clothes, including my formals.  I wanted my look to be different and unique.  While completing my B.A. in political science at Barat College in Lake Forest, I took several art classes including drawing, painting, ceramic and needlework courses.  Since then, I have become avid for needlepoint, cross stitch, and rubberstamping. 

I made my first quilt in 1995 in honor of my father’s 70th birthday.  Guests signed a triangle quilt block and I sewed them into a quilt.  With four growing children, I did not pick up quilting again until 2002 with a beginning quilting class.  I wanted to create heirlooms.  Starting with traditional patterns, I furiously made quilts for everyone.  However, after attending numerous quilt shows and seeing the art quilts on display, I soon grew enamored with the medium. I wanted my quilts’ look to be different and unique.  Using traditional quilt techniques, my own patterns, needlework, beading, painting, etc. to create an art quilt satisfies my creative itch.  The imagery and experiences of the Northwoods has been my muse.  The peace and tranquility found here allows my mind to wander, coming up with fresh ideas and distinctive designs.  With the encouragement of my husband, family, and friends, I began selling my work in 2006.

With my husband, George, and four children, we divide our time between Dundee, Illinois and Oswego Lake in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.


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