WHISTLE STOP QUILT CRAFTS AND CREATIONS
VINTAGE ITEMS AND FURNISHINGS
My two grandmothers were instrumental in influencing my interest in sewing starting around the age of 12. This led to my fascination in the art of quilting. I was taught to hand quilt by the “pros” – the ladies at my church who welcomed our young mothers group. We had our kids in attendance and the ladies tolerated them with grace as they squabbled and crawled through our legs at the quilting frame. We produced a jeans quilt to commemorate the country’s bicentennial as a group project.
I find I tend to prefer quilts with strong color combinations and mostly geometric styles. I grew up and lived near the Kansas City area and collected the Kansas City Star reprisals of the 1930’s era of quilt patterns. They’re still in my UFO collections. When I think of quilts to make for my family and friends, I try to come up with designs that represent their interests and pick colors of fabrics that they prefer. I apply this same process when customers ask for help with their projects. Fabric colors and patterns inspire me and are my mediums. I plan to begin quilting classes after Christmas. It’s never too early to start projects for the holidays.
Having lived mostly in the West I always wanted to live in Colorado. As my grandson Colton says, “I’m a small-town girl from Kansas who grew up to be a small-town Grandma from Colorado.” Numerous family members live in and around Sedalia and I am enjoying settling in and making this area my home. My husband Bill and I and my older sons now live near my youngest son Stephen’s wife, Tanya, and their children Colton and Abby Smith. Stephen tragically lost his life recently in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter.
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