“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine”
I grew up amidst the corn fields of Iowa riding horses, ice skating, riding bikes (of course barefoot), climbing through barns, and sewing*sewing*sewing. My mom taught me to sew, and being an artist herself, she instilled within me the drive to be successful. She never questioned my messes or disasters because she knew that each was a step in fertilizing an artists' mind. When I was sixteen she treated me to a big box of fabric purchased at an auction - oh-heaven-on-earth. Knowing what I know today, that heavenly treasure box was filled with yardage from the late 1800's to early 1900's. I spent countless hours measuring, cataloging and planning projects, and I am glad to say that I proceeded to use all of it in clothing and crafts. I am now honored to own the treadle sewing machine that both my mom and grandmother sewed on and the Huskavarna-Viking machine that my mom purchased from a door to door salesman in the 1940's! What treasures I have been given and sowed in to me!
My art career officially began at the University of Iowa, but like many, I fell in love, moved states, and got married in the early '80s. I completed my education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a degree in nursing, and after fifteen great years in the home health care arena, I retired and returned to my comfortable world of fabric, design, sewing and quilting. Being back in my creative space full-time felt like I put on an old pair of cozy slippers... life was good!
I opened my shop 'The Quilted Garden' in 2000. Those years on Main Street were the best: I loved teaching, creating, visiting with, and listening to all the wonderful customers from all over the world that stopped in. I miss the stories, the spontaneous 'show and tells' and all the friends made over those thirteen successful years, but there came a day that it was just time to close and give full attention to my design company 'Quilted Garden Designs'. (Thankfully we have social media to keep us connected.)
In the fall of 2018 I traveled to Sweden with my sisters with the intent to connect with extended family that stayed after our grandparents immigrated to America. We marveled at the beauty of our "mother country" by attending concerts in Stockholm, visiting museums, enjoying great food, shopping, and riding public transportation to the country and to the islands. Our favorite time of each day was "fika" which is a set-aside time for coffee and/or a treat with good company or quiet. This trip reawakened my love for simple clean lines and the lovely palette (both in taste and color) of Scandinavia all throughout our journey!
As I design and create all the 'stuff' that is bubbling around in my head, I will share with you, and YOU will get first dibs on purchasing my patterns and kits via this website. If you are a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram fan, make sure to follow @Quilted Garden (you may even win a prize now and then) since I tend to post there frequently.
I could not have become who I am today without the love and encouragement of my customers, my family, and my wonderful husband who has always believed in me! We recently relocated to a South Carolina lake-community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains where life is slow and sweet. We have 3 daughters, two son-in-laws and the most beautiful grandchildren who love to wear matching rompers (wink wink. Truly, they do). Life sure is sweet and oh-so-good!