After I took early retirement from teaching in 1988, I joined a group of local quilters, The Shenandoah Piecemakers. Although I had been making quilts with my students for ten years, this group showed me that I had much to learn! I took my first official class from Susie Williams at Belle Grove and have since studied with many of the world’s most respected quilters, including Georgia Bonsteel, Judy Martin, and Jane Sassman.
I have studied Tai Chi with the masters from China and with Pat Rice in Winchester, and found it to be my source of balance, food for my mind, body and spirit, as well as inspiration for my Yin Yang quilts, sword bags, fan bags, and custom quilts. I am honored that Pat Rice, Master Yang Jun, Jay Dunbar, Jose Johnson, and Nick Gracenin all own one of my Yin Yang quilts.
Quilting satisfies my artistic need to create, with inspiration coming from greeting cards, Native American art, Japanese and Chinese watercolors, and even an antique book of posters. Most of my work now is non-traditional, as I experiment with dying, over dying, and painting, as well as designing my own quilts.