I have been sewing and piecing quilts for over 25 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 ever since!
In January 2015 I returned to full-time work at my local County as a property tax appraiser, so the number of quilts I am able to longarm has fallen drastically. However, I still fit in a few here and there when I have the time and energy. I love doing it, just don’t always have my “mojo” working at full tilt.
At some point I hope to start teaching in my home studio. I have plans for private and semi-private lessons so I can help to spread longarm knowledge, as Sheila did for me. And while I haven’t gotten around to it yet, if you are interested, please feel free to contact me and we’ll get the ball rolling!
Although I’m not able to hike regularly with my girlfriends, I still get out with my husband on the weekends if the weather cooperates. My husband and I are also hiking together and recently we did the Milford Track in New Zealand and the the Rogue River in Oregon. Hopefully there are more long treks in our future with our extended group of hiking buddies.
When my husband and 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 Needlers quilt group was created. We grew from four members to our current size of eighteen members in about five years.
I must say, it’s a wonderful life!