It’s an old story, but completely true. In 1987, the year I got married (yes, I was a child bride), I traded my credit cards for a sewing machine with my husband. Today I have five machines and more cards than I should, but I also have an incredible job where I get to indulge my passion for fiber with my journalistic passion for words and images. What could be better? Maybe chocolate and snuggling, but only on certain days! I started on the machine by teaching myself how to make clothing. (You should see those first attempts…) An accidental move onto quilting became an obsession lasting now more than, gulp, 22 years. (I swear I was a child bride!) And I love the modern movement!

I’ve authored five books on quilting, served as editor for a couple of quilt mags and in my spare time, I find myself being raised by my precocious 13-year-old Samantha (who will never be a child bride, but who is already a quilter) and hubby, Stephen, in Southern California. I can be found at