I have been sewing and piecing quilts for over 20 years and a few years ago discovered the joys of longarm quilting. After being laid off from my job in December 08, I knew it was time to explore other options. Quilting and gardening have long been my hobbies, and when the chance arose to work with Sheila Sinclair Snyder, a longarm quilter of amazing patience, grace, skill and knowledge, I took it. After working with Sheila for about ten months, it was time to get a machine and strike out on my own. I bought my new Gammill in October 2009 and have been quilting from home every since!
I also keep busy rowing with my crew at the Oregon Association of Rowers. Somehow -how does this stuff happen anyway? – I became the Covered Bridge Regatta Director in 2013. I keep out of trouble throughout the year practicing and competing with the team. We row on Dexter Lake, just outside of Eugene, Oregon. Very beautiful. And a wonderful sport for old and young alike (I’m the former).
And my friends keep me in shape! I have a group of hiking buddies and we hike at least once a week. It’s great girl-time and we stay in shape.
When I moved to Lowell in 2003, it seemed like we needed a quilt show, so in 2004 the first annual Blackberry Jam Festival Quilt Show began. And of course every quilt show needs a group of people to organize it, so shortly thereafter the Pine Needler’s quilt group was created. We grew from four members to our current size of twenty-one members in about five years.