Although I was taught the quilting basics by my mother and grandmother, I did not embrace it is a serious hobby until we moved to Southern California when Grover began work with Lockheed in 1981. There I found that I seemed to have a natural aptitude for visualizing patterns and color combinations and thus began what was to be over twenty years of intense quilt-making.
Through my husband’s transfers to various portions of the country including Texas, New Jersey and New Hampshire, I broadened my knowledge of the quilt-making art through people, clubs and shops, and generally immersed myself in local quilt clubs and projects. When necessary, I helped form quilt guilds where there were none, and began quilt service projects such as monthly quilt hangings in the Marble Falls, Texas Library, where it continues to this day.
After our retirements, we moved back to my hometown of Culpeper, VA, building on a portion of the family’s farm. Somewhere along the way I became involved with the “Little Quilt Shop” in Madison and have continued my involvement with the shop to this day.
Over the years I have made hundreds of quilts of all sizes, church banners, wall hangings, table runners and the like. The most recent service project is providing lap quilts for the elderly of Smyth County, Virginia. My hobby has proved to be a rewarding adventure for me and no end is in sight.