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 I managed to become the Covered Bridge Regatta Director (nd keep quite busy 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 eighteen members in about five years.