I make unfinished projects! Seriously, I am always thinking about the next seven or eight projects instead of the one in front of me. Before one is finished, I give in and start on another one. Not because I’m bored with the first, but because I have a need to get a quilt out of my head and into something tangible! There are SO many quilts I want to make. I just need to get them from the design stage onto the cutting board, sewing table, and quilting frame – then finally, onto my bed!
What do you like to sew?
Quilts! Baby clothes for my granddaughter. Home decor. I am really into bright, vibrant, scrappy quilts these days.
What do you do when you’re not at Bib & Tucker?
I work to support my quilting habit! I spend my days at an amazing foundation that supports vision research and eye care in the community. But as soon as I get home from work, I head for my sewing room – anything to keep from doing housework!
What does Bib & Tucker mean to you?
I love the amazing people I have met through this grassroots organization. Beginners with no prior sewing experience often bring a fresh insight and approach to textile art, with tremendous creativity when it comes to pairing one fabric with another or setting a block in a different manner than an experienced quilter would have placed it. We all learn from each other as we work side by side. I love the out-of-the-box, creative recycling of fabric that is common in our finished quilts.
Who inspired you to start sewing? When did you start?
My mother made all my clothes when I was growing up, and I was right at her side grabbing scraps and making clothes for my Barbie when I was six. Those one-eighth-inch seams were a nightmare!
Where are you from?
I am from Trussville, but defected the Birmingham area for 25 years when I left for college. I returned to be nearer my parents, who still lived in the same house I grew up in.
What is your favorite thing about Woodlawn?
Seeing it come back.
What is your favorite color? Why?
I love all the colors of the ocean, from pale seafoam green, to turquoise, to jade, to deep deep blue, to that strange horizon misty gray color where you can’t tell water from sky on a stormy morning! I think I was a sailor in a past life. I am always drawn to the sea.
What school did you go to? What was your favorite subject or who was your favorite teacher?
I went to Trussville from grade school through high school. I went to Birmingham-Southern College while I was in high school, then transferred to THE University of Alabama. Three decades later, I got my degree from the OTHER University of Alabama, at Birmingham.