I began sewing clothes in high school, and in 1988, a friend got me to try cross-stitch. From there I joined the Embroiderer's Guild of America and did many different types of needlework.
However, after developing tendonitis, I went back to sewing, and quilting naturally came out of this. Using all the leftover sewing fabrics I'd previously saved, I started making blankets. I also discovered the Evergreen Quilters Guild. There, members stressed that real quilting was done with 100% cotton, which lead me to buy even more fabric.
Quilting as an art form initially grew out of my need for warm blankets, but eventually I started making a wide variety of wall hangings to illustrate different techniques of piecing and applique.