For me, I was born and raised on a farm in Rutherford County, TN. I worked in property and casualty insurance for 16 years for a local agency before opening my quilt shop in 1997. My Mom and aunts were all quilters so the art of quilting was something I grew up with. I actually did not start quilting until the 1970’s. Realizing my Mom was not always going to be around to make quilts for me, I decided I might need to learn the art myself. My Mom was my teacher, teaching me the old fashioned way of cutting with a piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors and of course it all had to be hand pieced and hand quilted. So from there was born a “quilter”. Techniques have changed and evolved into much easier and quicker methods of quilt making. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 1994, I decided that I wanted to do something else with the rest of my life and in 1997, I started Quilt Connection. I started small, but now have over 2000 bolts of fabric in the store and a growing customer base. What more could you ask for?
Shortly after I opened my shop, I was commissioned to complete a Tennessee state flag quilt for art work that would hang in the lobby of the Freedom Center building in Nashville, TN.
The quilt was 7′ by 12′, machine pieced and hand quilted. The stars in the center of the quilt represented middle, east and west Tennessee. Varying shades of red’s made up the body of the flag. The stars were surrounded by shades of blues as well as the right side of the quilt. The inner circle around the stars, the stars and the small strip that separates the body of the quilt from the end were all made from red, blue, white & ecru prints. The stars were a challenge because they all had to be measured and template cut to ensure they fit together perfectly. The quilt hung in the lobby of the Freedom Center until late 2015 when the property was sold.
Send me an email and let me know when you visit Nashville, TN, or take a nice drive down to Murfreesboro and stop in to see me!