When I'm at the Sew-Op, I make quilts but in my spare time I crochet afghans and hats and I have been making ceramics since 1975.
What do you like to sew?
I like to sew blocks such as pinwheels, nine-patch, disappearing nine-patch, log cabin, flying geese and anything else you want to teach me.
What do you do when you’re not at Bib & Tucker?
I do ceramics: I like cleaning the greenware and mending and doing the detail work. Greenware is dried clay that hasn't been fired and bisque is fired greenware. To finish the bisque you put three coats of glaze and if you're going to do detail work you have to put the underglaze on it and then clear brush it. My favorite figures to make in ceramics are angels because they take a lot of detail work and I like detail work. I like to make the Alabama ashtrays because they have an elephant on them.
What does Bib & Tucker mean to you?
Bib & Tucker means opportunities to meet, enjoy, learn and interact with all kinds of people. And believe me: we have had all kinds!
Who inspired you to start sewing? When did you start?
I found out about a sewing class at the Shephard Center in 2005 and that's when I first became interested in sewing - specifically quilting. Then I met Lillis at The Birmingham Quilter's Guild in 2010 and the rest was history. You can read about it in our book...coming soon.
Where are you from?
I am from Birmingham, AL. I grew up in Collegeville near ACIPCO. Lillis just asked me what my favorite toy was when I was growing up and it would have to be teddy bears. I love teddy bears - even now. I collect them (hint, hint).
What is your favorite thing about Woodlawn?
I like that the neighborhood is growing and I like that we have two libraries (Eastlake and Woodlawn) and we have a supermarket and a fire station and a church on every corner!
What is your favorite color? Why?
I like blue because it represents the colors of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I went to Catholic school and She has always played a very important role in my life. Blue and white symbolize purity, obedience and innocence.
What school did you go to? What was your favorite subject or who was your favorite teacher?
I finished Immaculata High School. Mr. Gunner was my math teacher. I appreciated him because he would take time with students that didn't understand certain math concepts. I remember Algebraic formulas because of Mr. Gunner. (Lillis just tested me and asked me to solve for x if the equation is 2x=6 and I told her 3. I then thanked the Holy Spirit.)
What is a story (try to be nice) that you can tell about another member?
I appreciate Miss Betty because she is sweet, patient, humble and kind. We are good Southern ladies so we don't talk about age, but I think she might be our oldest member and I'm amazed that at her age she's still cutting grass and building houses.
What is something you want to tell the other members about yourself, our community?
I would like for the young women to learn how to do simple sewing repairs like putting a button on a blouse or hemming pants. I would like this because they can do it for their children, their husbands and themselves instead of paying to have it done.