I retired to Mississippi with my husband, Bill, in 2017 to be closer to our daughter and her family. After settling into our new home I needed a new hobby and found our local quilt shop and began taking classes. I have always enjoyed sewing but had never made a quilt. I had 2 goals – to recreate my threadbare Sunbonnet Sue that my grandmother made me as a young girl and to make my Marine a Quilt of Valor. I have accomplished one of the two goals – hubby enjoys his Covid Quilt! I am still collecting just the perfect fabrics for Sunbonnet Sue.
My career has covered a lot of different areas. I have a degree in nursing, marketing and accounting. I spent 13 years raising support for foreign missionaries. I worked in operations and facilities for a large bank in the southeast and finally owned a successful marketing agency when I retired. I enjoy volunteering and helping folks, especially Veterans. Arts, crafts and woodworking have always been my favorite hobbies.
Bringing QOV to Mississippi has been an amazing experience. So many of our quilters are Veterans. With several military bases in our State there is no shortage of Veterans to honor. Crossing paths with a Veteran that has received a quilt and hearing how it comforts them is so rewarding. Having that Veteran ask if he can nominate his friend he served with to receive a quilt reinforces the decision to keep making sure our Veterans are wrapped in their very own Quilt of Valor.