I have always loved any kind of arts and crafts and come from a family of talented artisans - my Grandma was a bridal seamstress, my Mom was an expert knitter, and my Dad was a talented artist and photographer. As a young child I would make clothes for my dolls and create elaborate settings in which to place them. As I got older, I developed a love for drawing, painting, and photography. While in art school persuing my Bachelors of Fine Arts, I discovered the wonder of working with fibers. I began to dye fabric in the style of West African Resist Work which led to my first wallhangings and quilted artwork. I also participated in numerous exhibits and shows featuring my dyed and quilted artwork.
After college, I was a 'starving artist' and supported myself by managing a fabric and sewing store. That led to my using more commerical fabrics in my artwork and learning more about traditional American quilting. The more I learned about quilting, the more I loved it. I felt like I had found the perfect way to express myself - using fabric and stitch to create a warm, beautiful and useful piece of art. As the years passed, I delved in other artistic interests, but always came back to quilting. Since 1999, I have devoted myself to quilting as my passion.
Then, in 2003, I bought an A1 Elite Professional Longarm and Heart & Soul Quilts was born! Oh, I was hooked! I love using my longarm to complement the piecing on quilts. It is very rewarding to share my creativity with my customers, and help to spread the love and warmth of quilts around the world. In 2004, I began selling my paper quilting patterns to other Longarmers. And in 2006, my digitized patterns became available for all major computerized longarm systems. Over the years, I have quilted hundreds and hundreds of quilts for many happy clients.
Heart & Soul Quilts is a reflection of who I am: I truly put a bit of my 'heart and soul' into each and every quilt that I have the priviledge and honor to work on.