In spite of vowing I would never come back to Willoughby, Ohio when I left for college, I'm still here! What began as a grade school interest in sewing progressed to a degree in clothing and retailing from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Upon graduation, I worked for the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service until I “retired” to raise three children with my husband, Doug. During that “retirement” I became hooked on quilt making and it wasn’t long before I was teaching others to piece something wonderful. Teaching led to a hunger for better supplies and in 1979, I opened Erie Street Quilts in Willoughby. During the 1980’s, I attended eight seminars with Mary Ellen Hopkins, author of It’s Okay to Sit on My Quilt. The skills and techniques I learned studying with Mary Ellen continue to influence my work style and teaching approach. My consulting work with Kings Road Imports of California during the 90’s expanded my experience as a designer and led to designing annual mystery quilt projects for my shop and the Northern Ohio Quilt Shop Hop.