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Jersey City, NJ, United States

Quick Blurb

I love to let the fabric tell me what it wants to be each time, so every piece is unique and different and fun.


Quilting, applique, knitting, crochet, photo and fabric collage, mixed media.

Skills and Techniques

Sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, applique; fabric and paper construction.

Get to Know

I come from a long line of quilters and needlewomen. I love to quilt, sew, embroider, knit, crochet, collage; cut and paste; mess with dye, crayons and pens; play with fabric and thread and paper and colors and tools and gadgets. I own nine sewing machines, including a lovely vintage Featherweight 221 that handles like a Mercedes. My stash--of everything, fabric, yarn, buttons, lace, trim, embellishments--is ridiculous and immense. A coverlet pieced by my great-grandmother and quilted and tied by my mother hangs for inspiration on the wall of my house in NJ. I'm trying to figure out how to frame the gorgeous hand-embroidered lawn christening dress [with matching slip] my grandmother made for me so it can hang there, too. I love to solve problems of design and construction [my dad was an engineer] but also admire the random and unexpected, the rough edge as well as the smooth, precise seam. Needlework is my passion, my obsession, my joy and my sanity. I'm also a novelist, a baseball fan, a cat lover; a retired teacher, a film buff, a cook; an avid and constant reader, a city dweller, a snowbird who lives in Florida from December to March, a proud sister, friend, aunt and grandaunt. Thank you very much for visiting my shop. I hope you will come again soon.

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