a good beginning
I began my first quilt in 1996 after graduating from college with a degree in History.  Although I probably made every mistake known to exist to quilters in that first project, I perservered and completed the quilt, which is fondly called "Big Ugly."  In addition to actually completing the quilt, I became hooked on quilting and couldn't wait to make my next quilt...and my next.  I am mostly a self-taught quilter who isn't afraid to try new things.  I have worked in a quilt shop, learned to do free motion quilting,  taught quilting classes, and designed my own quilts.  Later I returned to college and earned a Master's degree in Education and taught early childhood education for many years before becoming a librarian in my hometown library.

taking a much bigger step
The year 2006 changed my life when I purchased a large collection of antique and vintage quilt blocks, fabric, and tops dating from the 1860's to the 1960's.  I was inspired to do something no one else had ever done before -- I MADE A QUILT!  That first "orphan quilt" consisted of four 1930's four patch blocks paired with new reproduction fabrics.  In 2010, my first book, ORPHAN BLOCK QUILTS:  MAKING A HOME FOR ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, COLLECTIBLE, AND LEFTOVER QUILT BLOCKS was published.  That first book led to being featured in numerous quilt magazines and books as well as a new quilt book, A RUSSIAN JOURNEY IN QUILTS:  THE STORY OF NICHOLAS AND NINA FILATOFF.
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My first Orphan Quilt. Made from humble 1930's four patch blocks.
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