I started Cotton Way in 1990 and can't believe it has been over 25 years of designing, cutting, sewing, writing patterns, Quilt Market and lots of late nights. I designed dolls for the first 10 years, including a series of dowel legged dolls called Long Leggins. Keep in mind this is when dolls were all the rage! Now I really enjoy designing quilts, bags, table runners and much more. My favorite at the moment is my new Snippets quilt. Inspiration comes from many things, but a lot of times it comes from events in my life such as weddings, grandchildren, graduations, birthdays, etc. I also love to look at decorating magazines for new colors and trends. Chocolate is a must in the designing process! I have to admit I am completely hooked on M&Ms.
When I'm not busy designing, I am most likely with my husband, five children and 13 adorable grandchildren. They keep me very busy. We enjoy spending time at the lake in the summer, and in Idaho there is lots of snow in the winter to snowmobile and play in. I love to decorate and redecorate our home, and typically take on more projects than I can finish. A few other favorites: the color red (I can't get enough of it lately!), taking pictures of my family, scrap booking and the beautiful view from my sewing studio. As long as I am not cooking or shopping (except for fabric of course) life is pretty good.
I am excited to have my daughter Camille join the world of quilting as she is the fifth-generation quilter in our family and now a fellow Mom-trepreneur. I warned Camille what a crazy life it is, but then she never did listen to her mother! When she was in grade school she wrote a paper about taking over Cotton Way when she grew up and now she has a company of her own. Camille is very talented and I wish her the best with "Thimble Blossoms." Camille and I design fabric for Moda Fabrics and love working together in this exciting adventure.
My oldest daughter Tracy worked for Cotton Way for several years. Our youngest daughter, Emily, has designed a pattern as well. It has been fun to see the girls get excited about sewing and I hope they will pass on the creative quilting gene. It is amazing to see how the world of quilting has changed and what new and exciting things are yet to come.