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After receiving my B.S. in Home Economics from the University of North Texas in Denton, I became a teacher in the Texas public schools, teaching high-school homemaking classes. Living in Colorado gave me the opportunity to study hand spinning at the Evergreen Heritage Center and living in Norway gave me the opportunity to study traditional Norwegian picture weaving. After returning to Texas,  my children being well along in school, I was employed to teach sewing and quilting classes in the Continuing Education Department of Odessa College, in Odessa, Texas. I continued teaching  there for 17 years. During the time I was teaching at the community college I became a Certified Needlework Judge through the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and five years later was certified as a Master Needlework Judge.  I was also certified as an Appraiser of Quilts and Quilted Textiles through the American Quilter’s Society, receiving that certification in 1993. In 2002, I became a Certified Judge through the National Quilting Association. 


Current Activities and Interests

Today I judge quilt shows and all types of needlework shows, and appraise quilts and quilted textiles. I teach quilting classes locally and travel to teach. I research quilt related topics. I also give programs and lectures on quilt history, appraising and needlework subjects.



bulletAmerican Quilter’s Society
bulletInternational Quilt Association
bulletNational Quilting Association, Inc.
bulletThe Embroiderers’ Guild of America
bulletProfessional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles
bulletAmerican Quilt Study Group
bulletOgallala Quilter's Society
bulletMidland Quilter's Guild
bulletOdessa Quilter's Guild


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Last modified: September 07, 2014.