I was grew up in Northern Indiana on a farm so my early years were filled with crops, cows and pigs. Most of my time was spent with my Grandmother who quilted, crocheted and made most of my clothes including this matching outfit one year for Easter.
Being a farm kid, I was active showing livestock and being in 4-H and FFA. This experience allowed me to develop a strong work ethic, taught me time management skills as well as business knowledge I still use today. I received the highest member award possible through the FFA which was the American Farmer Degree.
Like many farm kids, my goal in life was to become a veterinarian ... but chemistry and I didn't along. So I ended up with a B.S. in Animal Production and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics both from Purdue. I then worked for Purdue for 15 years before starting my own business in 2006 and as they say the rest is history.
Today I describe myself as an author, designer and teacher who loves being crafty.
Growing up in a family of “makers”, I’m a proud DIY / MIY enthusiast. I always have at least two or three or more projects going at the same time. My current favorites include sewing & quilting, refinishing antiques, chalk-painting and photography.
When I changed careers from the academia / corporate world and started my business Masterpiece Quilting LLC where I was a sales representative and certified trainer for Gammill / Statler. My business evolved to specialize in long-arm quilting, show quilts and custom-made memory quilts.