I have been hand stitching since I was 9 years old, when my neighbor taught me to make doll clothes. This could be why I fell in love with Hawaiian quilting. I took a class from Gail Chamberlain in 1985 while living in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Before I finished the pillow class project, (we only worked on one thing each class), I finished a second one, and wanted to do more. The next class she taught was a quilt project I made one for my son, and a friend during that class, My first original quilt, was named "Underwater Wonderland" , Many more pillows which were all gifts for friends and family. Around 1990, I started the journey of full size quilts and have had a quilt in progress ever since.
After returning to Washington in 1997, I had a new house and family to make quilts for. I called myself a closet quilter, because I didn't belong to any quilting groups. I started going to local quilt shows and shop hops. About 2002 I decided to make quilts for my family. It took me until 2005 to finish the four quilts which I gifted them that Christmas (only married family members received the quilts). That next year my second son married, so another family quilt was needed.
In 2008 I showed my first quilt at the La Conner Quilt Museum for Tulip Festival. I had become a member the year before. I was starting to come out of the closet. 2008 I also joined The Applique Society and started going to a monthly applique group. I showed my first quilt again at the Monroe Fair and have been showing quilts since. Although, most of my early quilts have not been seen by the public. In 2009 I joined a quilt guild and worked on their quilt show, showing my quilts there. 2014 I had my first solo exhibit at the La Conner Museum and started to teach Hawaiian quilting and needle turn applique. The fall of 2016, I became a founding member of All In Stitches Quilt Guild and The Everett Quilt Show. I spend a good amount of time with these two organizations, but still make time to stitch every day and teach classes, which I enjoy very much.