I've studied quilt and textile history for more than twenty five years and received my certification as an appraiser by the American Quilter's Society in 1994. I passed rigorous written and oral examinations and demonstrated knowledge of three hundred years of textile history, dye processes, fabric printing methods, patterns, construction techniques, regional variations, market values, and various other factors that influence the value of a quilt. I've appraised literally thousands of quilts.
My third grade teacher put a bunch of cut out magazine pictres on a table. We were told to choose a picture and write a story about it - my life changed that day. I've been smitten with the written word since that day, both the words I read and the ones I write. My quilt career has pushed aside my writing for the past 25 years, but paper and pencils are in my near future.
As for the at-home me, by the time I've said "hi" you will know I am a true southern chick. Fortunately, I was born into a military family and have lived and traveled worldwide so I hope my opinions and attitudes don't suffer from regionalism. I love life and try to appreciate every day to its fullest, even those days that are so horrible I 'shoulda stood in bed.' I still have dreams, lots of them. If I wasn't already older than dirt, I'd love to study the history of architecture. One of the greatest thrills of travel is studying buildings - from the mightiest cathedral to the most humble home. I'd love to study Material Culture - quilts are a perfect example of that. I want to study the entire history of the Scots-Irish, particularly their contribution to the southern United States.
I adore outsider art, the more primitive the better. But it can't be "pretend" folk art, it has to be real. I want to learn to speak Spanish, I want to be a serious photographer - black and white preferred - and I want to write books. I could fill pages with the things on my "bucket list" but real life tends to get in my way. I love the Beatles and I'd like to write an article about WHY I still love them. John Lennon's statement "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" is a daily reality.
I love dogs, the bigger the better. I love friendships that exist without constant nurturing - that just "are." I can't imagine life without trees - enormous old oaks, dripping with moss, and Weeping WIllows with branches tickling pond water. Needless to say, I could keep going here.............