I was born in North Tonawanda, NY and grew up in a family of crafters. My formal training is that of a church musician and I have lived and worked in Rochester, NY; Richmond, VA; N. Andover, MA; New York City, and finally returning to Rochester, NY
I have always enjoyed handwork (embroidery and cross-stitch) and became interested in ceramics. Studying ceramics at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mudflats Pottery Studio (Sommerville, MA) and Greenwich House Pottery (NYC). I also served as a studio assistant for ceramic artist Bruce Winn. Quilting was always lurking there as something I wanted to explore.
I finally began to indulge in that passion by taking classes at The City Quilter in New York City. After my first class, I was addicted. In 2010 I decided on a whim to enter the McCall’s Quilting Design Star Challenge and was happy to be one of original 174 finalists and made it to the final round of competition with 7 other finalists. I soon began designing patterns for various fabric companies and quilting magazines. In 2013 my pattern “Pinwheels” appeared in the book “Classic Modern Quilts” published by Kansas City Star
I maintain a longarm quilting and quilting design studio – Big Rig Quilting. I teach and travel extensively sharing my techniques and love of quilting. I live in Rochester, NY with my partner, harpist Ray Pool. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and cooking.
BIG RIG QUILTING
I was looking for a name for my longarm quilting business and was having difficulty coming up with something I liked. My partner said “Well, it’s like driving a big rig.” – I thought about it and he was right – stitching with a longarm is a bit like driving a big rig – it really is a BIG sewing machine. So the name was born! What began as a longarm quilting business has grown. Big Rig Quilting now encompasses longarm quilting, patterns, books, and teaching.
I originally began designing patterns for various fabric companies and magazines and continue to do that. Many of the magazine patterns will soon be available as PDF downloads in my store on this website. I also continue to publish my patterns and techniques in various magazines and in books with C&T Publications.
My longarm quilting is done exclusively on the BERNINA Q24, which is renowned for its wonderful stitch quality and precision. I would be happy to finish a quilt for you, or if you desire create a one of a kind creation.
I teach and travel extensively to lecture and teach for guilds and quilt shops. My classes are places where you can fine-tune your technique and design skills, all in a creative and supportive atmosphere.
I am proud to be a BERNINA Ambassador. I sew and quilt exclusively on BERNINA machines. I sew on a BERNINA 790 for piecing, domestic machine quilting, and embroidery work. My longarm quilting is done on a BERNINA Q24 Longarm machine.
I have sewn on various machines over the years and as I sewed more and more I wanted more from my machine When I started sewing on a BERNINA machine I immediately saw my work improve. The precision of the machine helped me get exact seam allowances and it was also a joy to sew on it. I didn’t want to stop stitching!
I also had the privilege of being a tester in the development of the new BERNINA Q24 and Q20 longarm machines. I was able to spend time at the plant in Switzerland and work alongside the engineers who were developing these new machines. I was impressed with the great attention to detail that I saw going into the development of these machines. BERNINA is a family run business, and this sense of family carries over into everyone who works there.
Visit the BERNINA website to find out more about their wonderful products. The site also contains wonderful educational resources for all aspects of quilting.