I began quilting in 1981 while I was pregnant with my daughter. A crafter/sewer from childhood, after making that first quilt, I emptied my sewing room of all things "non-quilting" and refilled it with "quilty" tools and fabric. I started working at Capital Quilts in 1998.
One of the best things about working at Capital Quilts is helping customers choose fabrics for a quilt. Once we have selected the pattern and fabrics, I feel as though that's one quilt I don't have to make! It becomes part of my "virtual quilt collection". I also really enjoy my teaching time at CQ. I teach a variety of classes, but most notably, The Complete Course which is a 10 session class beginning with fabric selection and rotary cutting and finishing with binding, labeling and care. The class was originally designed for newbies but I get lots of people who have been quilting for a while and want to strengthen their skills. It's lots of fun and hard work. Many of the class groups, having shared ups and downs for 10 weeks go on to have small groups when we are finished.
I am a relatively new member of the Capital Quilts family, however, NOT new to sewing & quilting which I have loved since I was a pre-schooler! My first ‘sewing’ experience was scotch-taping Barbie doll clothes together (as I was way too young to hand-stitch or even staple)! I eventually ‘graduated’ when my Mom taught me to sew on my great-grandmother’s treadle Singer sewing machine & the rest is history. My entire life has included sewing at many levels – clothing, home dec & especially quilting & it has served me well at a personal, cottage-industry, teaching & retail level. My mantra is the old cliché, ‘the one who dies with the most fabrics, wins’…I challenge you to develop a stash larger than mine & I doubt you will be able to do so---but, what fun you will have trying ! I look forward to creating with you at Capital Quilts!