I was raised in Middle Tennessee and have lived in EastTennessee since 1979. My mother taught me to sew, but I taught myself to quilt; I had a new baby and needed a creative outlet. I’ve made hundreds of quilts over some 45 years, from bed size to small mats. I love working with color combinations; design is my favorite part of quilting. I especially love scrap quilts and the challenge of putting together all patterns and colors of fabric to make a harmonious quilt top.
I have always liked to sing, and I learned to play guitar in 2005. I picked up a mandolin several years later and fell in love with it. I have played at the Museum of Appalachia, and I made several CDs of traditional old-time songs. I ‘m also a songwriter. “Heartstrings” was my first CD of original songs, and “Sing-Along Songs for Kids” contains my original songs for children.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee in 1983, and worked as a reporter, copy editor, and news editor for a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama. I’ve also done free lance writing, and I wrote press releases, newsletters, and grant applications for the Museum of Appalachia for seven years.