I would describe myself as an old-fashioned traditional quilter. My personal history includes grandmothers who quilted and shared their homegrown knowledge and love of quilting with me. I remember selecting fabric from the feed sacks on the back porch of my maternal grandparents’ farm home and sewing on the treadle sewing machine - I wish I had it now. I sewed mainly clothing for my children, five nieces and myself with just a little bit of quilting for many years. I have been active in Starlight Quilt Guild since 1986 and in Missouri and Kansas state guilds serving on the boards. I have taught quilting since 1988, I have my own pattern company, have been published in magazines and books as well as authoring four of my own. I like all the facets of the quilting process, from designing to the hand quilting.
I have always loved to sew, but it wasn’t until 1984 when my Grandmother made a quilt for my Mom and Dad that I started to get interested in quilting. The workmanship was just beautiful. My husband wanted me to start quilting then but, as time would have it, I did not start quilting until my oldest son got married. My addiction for quilting started in 2008 when I was able to spend more time with my stash. My back ground is cabinet designing and wood working, which really works well with quilting. I enjoy working with templates and like the fact that they ease the stress level and help you become more accurate quilter. I love passing on what I have learned over time and finding new templates to use. I have a Longarm business and enjoy working and teaching at Prairie Point. My motto has also been “if we’re not having fun, let’s not do it.” Quilting is by far one of the most enjoyable things that I do.
Over 40 years ago I made my first quilt in art class at school, and I have been a quilter at heart ever since. I am married to Neal and we have three children, Nick, Amanda, and Matt who married Lacey and had our grandsons, Jude and Landen. I've had various jobs: hairstylist, preschool teacher, preschool director, public speaker, cashier. But here, working at Prairie Point, I have the best job ever.
I joined a quilt guild with a friend in 1991, which kindled my desire to quilt, and I took as many classes as possible! After ten years, since I had three small children, I took about a 15 year break from quilting but continued doing small projects and different crafts. In the last several years with a mostly empty nest I have returned to quilting, and discovered a new love for wool and embroidery in addition to making quilts.
My mom taught me to sew while I grew up on our family farm in Nebraska. I remember her always having a sewing project in her hands. I sewed my first quilt, a double wedding ring pattern, using scraps from Mom’s sewing bag while in junior high. After graduating from college, I accepted a job with the FAA and moved to Kansas. Today I enjoy making quilts for my three grandchildren and family, trying new patterns and fabrics. I work part time and teach classes at Prairie Point. My quilts are published in books authored by Kathy Delaney, Linda Potter, Barbara Brackman, Nancy Hornback and Terry Thompson. I have also won awards at the Kansas State Fair and Johnson County Fair, and displayed quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival and the Paducah Quilt Museum. Last summer I taught at Quilt Nebraska.
I first started sewing costumes for myself for fun. I got my first book on quilting in the middle of 2010. Soon after we learned that my grandmother was sick, and I decided to make her my first quilt. She loved it and I was hooked on quilting! I have made more quilts than I could count for family, friends, customers, and myself. Now that I am working at Prairie Point, my passion for quilting continues to be fueled.
My first sewing projects were clothes and accessories for my dolls when I was young. I received a blue ribbon at the county fair for my first doll dress, and the judge told me she hoped I’d be sewing clothing for myself the next year. At the time, that seemed like such a monumental task! I did begin making my own clothes soon after, and have since added quilting to my repertoire of hobbies. I am also taking college classes online for a bachelor’s degree in English, which sadly means I end up spending more time writing papers than sewing garments or quilts! Like many seamstresses, sewing is not my only hobby – I also enjoy knitting, playing the piano, and singing sacred polyphony in my parish choir.
I started sewing when I was in grade school, with my mom as my teacher. I was immediately captivated by her ability to shape and form anything from a piece of fabric into something useful. As I started sewing I realized how time consuming and stressful the craft is, but my mom would not let me give up! She and I sewed everything together from clothes, to backpacks, to Christmas ornaments, and purses. I got my own sewing machine my sophomore year at Bishop Miege High School, and I have had many successes and failures along the way! My passion for sewing really blossomed when I started working at Prairie Point, as I am surrounded by many creative and inspiring women. I hope to use my sewing skills for more than just my personal projects, as I finish my college studies to be a nurse!
I come from a long line of quilters. My great grandma, grandma, and mom all love to quilt. At a very young age they passed their hobby down to my older sister and me. While my mom was quilting, my sister and I would play with her scraps, making blankets and clothes for our baby dolls and Barbies. At the age of seven I entered my first piece of clothing construction in the Lincoln County Fair and continued to do this for several years. I just recently finished my first solo quilt and have a few others that are a work in progress. Quilting is by far my favorite hobby and I love that I get to do it with my mom. I have really enjoyed working here at Prairie Point and love that I am learning new things every day.
I have always been a "crafter" from a very young age. I love the creative spirit that comes with tackling a new project and seeing what I can create. My background has been in education, and it has been a wonderful field to dedicate my life to. When Susan opened her beautiful shop, I was lucky enough to be able to get back into quilting and sewing. Working part-time at Prairie Point has been a time for me to become inspired and excited about all the new fabrics and ideas that are current. Working with customers is such a pleasant and rewarding experience.