Who am I?
Hmmm….that’s a hard one to answer. I consider myself a work in progress. I grew up on a Kansas farm, living next door to my grandmother who was an avid quilter, so I’m pretty sure that’s where I inherited the quilting gene. I’ve never known a life without quilts. By the time I came into this world, Grandma was already 80 years old and sitting at her old Singer sewing machine was a daily habit for her, and I was lucky enough to spend 19 years watching her do it. She passed that passion for creating forward to all of her children and grandchildren.
My love for creating doesn’t stop at quilting. I like to create anything. Show me and I will learn it. I have learned over the years that my enjoyment of creating is exceeded only by my passion for learning new concepts, breaking them down to the most simplified method and then teaching that to others. I do that through my patterns….designing something that looks complicated but simplifying it to the fewest steps possible, then passing it on for today’s busy quilters and creative types.
Besides quilting, though, like most people, I had other jobs. I graduated with a B.S. in Mass Communications and Secondary Education and have worked in the fields of publishing, teaching high school English and Journalism, and eventually (still haven’t quite figured this one out) took a job in the aircraft industry where I became a manager over Quality Assurance Inspection. In addition to that position, I launched my quilting pattern business, Out of the Blue, and spent the next ten years in a constant state of learning. Aircraft was a constant stream of learning new computer programs, engineering drawings, customer specifications…while at home I was trying to learn computer programs for artistic design, build a web site, understand social media…..life was crazy! In 2013, I finally decided to leave the world of aircraft and now get to spend my time doing what I really enjoy.
Health & Fitness Type
This probably isn’t what you expect to find in the bio of a quilt pattern designer, but if you want to know me and love me, it is what it is…….I have been on a diet since third grade. Plain and simple. I’m not sure if I would know how to be without a diet. It would definitely cut back on my reading material. Phone apps. Workout dvds. Conversation with like-type friends. I love to eat. I like to cook. I have a love/hate relationship with exercise but I still do it, and like everything else in my life, I love trying new things. Last year I took up jogging for the first time in life and ran (kind of) a 5K!
Self-help Guru Type
If you ask me what I’m reading, I’ll probably be embarrassed. I’m addicted to self-help books and topics. One day it will all come together. I will be organized. I will have the perfect style. I will have the perfect home, perfect garden and yard, perfect pets, perfect…….you get the idea. I’m not even sure why, as I don’t think I do too poorly on my own, but I think it goes back to that Learning Type. I just love learning something new from others. I don’t watch much television, preferring to be on the computer when I have free time. And honestly, I listen to books much more than I actually read them. That’s another passion of mine, as I can listen while doing just about anything, but especially while I’m sewing. Books, podcasts, online videos…..so much to learn and not enough time!
Home & Garden Type
This one still needs work. I love the look and feel of a shabby chic cottage with a matching garden overgrown with ivy and flowers. Even tried to have it. Until last year. Enough. With shabby chic comes a lot of dusting. With an English garden comes lots and lots of weeding and thinning of plants. So last year, I became tired of all the work. First, I hired a landscaper and had the gardens torn out, replaced with a cleaner, simpler style for my yard and flower beds. In my home, I have donated more to Goodwill in the past year than most people probably do in a lifetime. It’s amazing how much more time there is for sewing and what I really love, when I’m not busy doing all those things I didn’t like!
I guess if you add it all up, it’s like I said at the beginning. I’m still a work in progress. Once I have learned it all, created it all, mastered it all……then I guess I’ll know who I am, but until then, still working on it.