I live near a small Central Oregon town of Prineville, Oregon, at the foot of the Ochoco Mountains, where the juniper trees and the pine trees meet. I was born and raised in Central Oregon. Art Education and Veterinary Science were my majors at Cal Poly and Oregon State. I married a Willamette Valley Rancher, and became the hired hand. I could run any tractor, pull calves, and train horses.
In 1969, my son, Mark, was born and I was introduced to quilting by my sister, Jean Wells Keenan. In 1979, I became obsessed with the craft and got a job at Daisy Kingdom. I started teaching in 1980 and the rest is history.
After selling the ranch and moving to Pendleton in 1993, I opened a quilt shop, Log Cabin Quiltworks, and helped out on the new ranch on my off time. My husband and I went in separate directions, and I was forced to sell my quilt shop in 1998. Moving back to Central Oregon, I built a small log home in the Ochoco Mountains and reopened Log Cabin Quiltworks as a pattern business. I have designed over 20 patterns for Prairie Girls, eleven designs for Creative Iron of Sten Source, and 20 plus patterns for my own business. Recently, I was asked to design for the Stitchin Post of Sisters, Oregon and have designed the 2010 raffle quilt for the Sister’s Quilt Show.
I teach quilting at a few local quilt shops, but mostly I teach at seminars or retreats throughout the United States and Canada. Some of which are the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and Quilters Affair, Oregon Trail Quilt Retreat, Ocean Waves, Quilting by the Lake, Evergreen Piecemakers, Laughing in the Cabin, Bar M Ranch, Sun Dome, Nevada State Guild, Yellowstone Wyoming Guild, and more.
I have been published in numerous books and magazines but have not written my own book, yet. A few of my quilts have won awards at a number of different quilt shows. Recently, my "Vision of Horses" won Judges Choice at the Northwest Quilting Expo, and Honorable mention at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest.
Occasionally, I dye my own fabrics to suit my needs for my style of pattern designs. I also love to treat myself to taking classes on dying, design and color. There is no end to the possibilities out there. I am 65 years old, still cutting my own firewood, and still obsessed with quilting and teaching. There are so many quilts to design and make.
I love to draw! I love to quilt! I love horses and the outdoors, and I love to share with people! These are the foundations of my life, inspiration for my patterns and classes.