I am a native Texan residing in Houston. My husband and I met at a boarding school when I was eight and he was thirteen. As an only child, I looked up to him as a Big Brother; he was and remains my very best friend and supporter. I am the mother of five children and there are eleven grandchildren to spoil in our family. My father was a career naval officer who served in the Atlantic theatre during WWII. As a military junior, we lived many places. My uncle landed at Normandy on D-Day. Both survived the war with many invisible wounds. My two sons have served in the Army; the youngest son is an active duty aviator.
I have enjoyed sewing since my first Home Economics class in junior high school. My career was as a public school educator, educational diagnostician, and administrator. Upon retirement, my interest in sewing revived about the same time my youngest son deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. My next door neighbor is a quilter (with a longarm machine) who kept inviting me to her guild’s meetings. Although not too interested in quilting, I finally went just to enjoy her fellowship. That guild makes lap quilts for nursing homes as a community service project and I consented to “make a couple” mainly to get them off my back. My neighbor also dragged me to the Houston International Quilt Show, my first quilt show. Somewhere along the way, quilting became a passion for me. I made my first Quilt of Valor and gave it to Catherine Roberts the next year at the HIQS in 2005. While there, I was asked if I had a few minutes to ask attendees if they’d like to receive the QOVF newsletter. I volunteered and was hooked. I am a “piecer”, making only the tops. While sewing, I am typically planning my next projects before my work in progess is completed.
As a Texas State Coordinator, I mentor volunteers who show interest in the QOVF mission, speak to people and groups at every opportunity, attend RWW, and staff QOV booths to raise awareness for those touched by war. I sponsor three sew-ins monthly in local quilt shops. The most recent project that I am affiliated with is the PTSD program for women warriors at the local VA medical facility. We award feminine Quilts of Valor to these women with invisible wounds at a time when their need for comfort and a fabric hug is great.