OK, I admit it, I'm addicted to cloth. This all really started when I was very young (about 4 years old) when my mom and grandmother taught me to hand embroidery. Once I had that silver needle and colorful thread in my hands, I was hooked. Made my first doll quilt and doll clothes around the age of six. Over 50 years have passed since then and I still spend all my time (except for family and friends) with fabrics. The machine embroidery bug bit me several years ago and boy do I have fun with that. The high school I attended in Spokane, Washington had a dress code and so sewing was centered around lined suits. Later, while in college, I made slacks and bell bottom pants, they where all the rage then. Soon friends were marrying and having children and so sewing was now everything for babies including quilts. Altogether I have made 250 quilts, machine and hand quilted, tied and a few whole cloth. Married in 1980 to my wonderful husband, Mel, (he threatens to bring home a dumpster if any more fabric comes home with me) and had two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Andrea. Little girl's dresses were now all I seemed to have time for. Some time later, upon hearing the need for layettes at the hospital, I started a program at my church called Baby Needs. Donations of time, money and supplies started rolling in and before I realized it, over many years, several hundred sets had been made. My girls and I would take them down to the maternity ward at Memorial Hospital when you could still go in and see the new babies. In 1985, Ribbon and Ruffle Review opened in Vancouver and so now I owned my own shop doing alterations for thousands of garments and designing and fitting over 800 gowns. Retired in 1997. That only lasted a few years and was I bored, so started doing in-store displays and model garments and working for Handcock Fabrics for five years. During all the in-between years I did manage to get a college degree, work for J.C. Penneys fabrics, Safeway Bakery, be a girl scout leader, an active member in a DECA business program with Spokane Falls Community college and Eastern for three years, winning several state and national first, second and third place business awards. Hold over 70 awards between Spokane and Vancouver's County Fairs (fabric related of course, no baking). The Hot off the Press company CEO also asked me to be a guest designer in their craft book "Ribbon, Ruffles and Roses". The 1990-1991 National Easter Seal poster adult representative, Cyndee Pearson, then asked me to make her wardrobe for her TV appearances. That really was great fun. I love to make historical costumes and several of the local elementary schools purchased them to use with their classroom programs. Columbia River High School in Vancouver then commissioned me to do all of the female costumes for the play "Tom Jones". All in all, my fingers have been wrapped around needles, fabrics and fibers all my life, hope that trend continues for quite some time. My job now, which I love, is to continue to teach my five year old granddaughter, Emma, to sew. She uses a 3128 Janome and made her first quilt top last month. Even her twelve year old brother, Andrew, has made his first pillowcase. (Guys do like power tools). I do love to read and do research. My hobbies are in Science, Sacred Geometry and Physics, but my passion is still really cloth. Looks like fabric truly is in our family gene pool after all. Happy Sewing!