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When I was 10, my Grandmother taught me how to sew, starting with simple garments. I have always been drawn to the simple, less is more, modern style. I prefer patterns that are forgiving and not tedious. So I guess style has not really changed but evolved over time. I enjoy making bags, zippered pouches, bucket hats and other 3D items. I also enjoy string piecing, improvisation, and using selvages. My quilts are used until they are worn out! Then I make something new.
I teach BERNINA Serger Mastery, QQ Serger Club, purses, totes, and garment classes. My favorite part of working and teaching at QQ is the customers! I get a lot of joy from helping people be successful with their machine and projects. I am also the Service Manager at QQ, with more than 18 years of experience maintaining and repairing machines.
I am a member of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild, the Fabric Fondlers Bee, social member of the Naperville VFW, and legacy member of the Naperville Jaycees. Other than sewing, I also enjoy digital photography, travel, paper crafts, and hand stitching.
I grew up north of Seattle, and moved to the Chicago area in the late 1980s. I have a BA from Washington State University and completed graduate studies at DePaul University. I am married and have two adult daughters. I love ALL animals, but most of all dogs. We currently have an English Bulldog and look forward to a new puppy in the near future. Fun Fact: I used to work for BERNINA of America as a Product Specialist and then a Technical Educator.