I live in Niantic, on the east side of Connecticut. I retired in 2012 from the Office of the Secretary of Defense after more than 36 years of civilian service, supporting military troops. I grew up in central PA and started quilting around a quilt frame, hand quilting, with grandmothers, mom, aunts, and siblings. In 2016, I started working for a small sewing shop in VA where I learned the art of long-arming. Since moving to CT in 2018, I have long-armed for QOVF, our local quilt guild charities, our library, and several quilters.
My first Quilt of Valor quilt was for my husband. Since then, I have longarmed hundreds of quilts for Veterans, presented quilts, and most recently started the Niantic Bay Quilters Quilts of Valor group, sponsored by our local VFW. My desire to continue to support military members is what drove me towards supporting the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Wrapping Veterans in a quilt made with them in mind, hearing their stories, and seeing their appreciation for the acknowledgement of their sacrifice to this nation is what motivates me.
In addition to my involvement in Quilts of Valor, I volunteer as a church receptionist, was previously the treasurer and currently serve as the membership chair for the Clamshell Quilt Guild, and I Co-Chair the Crescent Beach Family Activities committee. My husband and I (along with our Chihuahua, Ginger) enjoy visiting Virginia and Ohio where our three children, their spouses, and our nine grandchildren reside.