“Always a mom first” has been my motto since I first started quilting many years ago. I am a mother of three, and most days, enjoy all the fun that goes with three teenagers. Each day is action packed, and quilting is my creative escape.
I have pieced/appliquéd and hand /machine quilted for 22 years. In 1994, I started hand quilting for customers, and then in 2003, I invested in a Longarm quilting machine and started The Cottage Quilter. I enjoy the machine quilting process very much because it is a way to accent the very best features of each quilt top.
I have a Niagara College Horticultural Diploma and a Niagara Parks Commission, Apprenticeship Diploma of Horticulture, which includes Landscape design. I have taken many quilting courses with quilt professionals like Liane Thiry-Smith, Patti Carey, Linda Taylor, Pam Clarke, Kimmy Brunner, Irena Bluhm, Dawn Cavanaugh, Karen McTavish, Renae Haddadin and Deloa Jones, and others.
I am a member of the Northern Lights quilt guild and served on its executive from 2002 to 2010 (including as President). I am also a member of the Near North quilt guild, and the Almaquin quilt guild. I first became a member of Canadian Machine Quilting Assoc. (CMQA) in 2004, as well as a member of Canadian Quilting Association. I volunteered as the chair of the Quilts by the Bay quilt show in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Locally, I also belong to the Agricultural society and participate each year in the local fair and am an Agricultural judge for several sections of OAAS District 11.
I have taught quilting classes at our local quilt store, Homestead Stitches, including hand quilting, expanded tote and machine quilting. As well, I have been a demonstrator at the local quilt guilds for binding, batting, appliqué, bias, hand quilting, machine quilting, and preparing your quilt for quilting. In 2009, Homestead Stitches was featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine and my machine quilting was highlighted in the magazine.
I exhibited in CMQA 2004, earning a third place ribbon and two beginner ribbons. I entered in Machine Quilters Expo in 2006 and 2007. I entered Owen Sound Quilt show and won third for Hand Quilted Bed Quilt and in 2006 won an Honourable mention for The Northcott Challenge. The Ontario Agricultural Society awarded me Grand champion for Machine quilting in 2009.
Each year, I try hard to do my part to aid local charities by making quilts for raffles or silent auctions. I have participated in two Rotary Quilt Auctions, Trout Creek Lions Quilts Auction, “The Quilt” in Stratford, Hope to Kenya raffle quilts, and the local North Bay Regional Health Centre Mammography department fundraising.
In the last several years, I have discovered that wool appliqué added to quilts can enhance the overall look of any quilt. Wool is being used more and more to enhance table runners, wall hangings and toppers. I am pleased to add wool products to my inventory to share with others. I’m looking forward to 2013 and the expansion of The Cottage Quilter’s Machine Quilting and Fabric Studio.