I began quilting in 1981 at the insistence of my mother, Audrey Buck. At the age of 68, she was learning to hand quilt as she approached retirement. She assured me I would love it, too.
So I went to my public library and checked out and read 20 quilting books. Leaning on my experience as a seamstress, I made my first quilt -- a peach and rust 'Churn Dash' scissor-cut, machine pieced, and hand quilted 32" square wall hanging. I was hooked.
In the last 26 years I have made around 60 quilts. Some small, many large, some beautiful, some downright ugly, but I have learned something from each one.
God has prompted me to make several quilts. Two have special messages. "Armistice…Mom, I'm Home" represents soldiers returning from war. "Holocaust… A Hate Movement" tells the story of the Holocaust using 77 quilt blocks.
Currently, my sister, Debra Corcoran, and I have bought a Gammill long-arm quilting machine and are starting our own quilting business, Black Squirrel Quilting.