I live near Prineville, a small town in Central Oregon at the foot of the Ochoco Mountains, where the Juniper and Pine trees meet. Born and raised in Central Oregon, I’ve been ranching most of my life.
Drawing and riding horses have been highlights of my life since I was five years old. I’m employed partl-time at a veterinary hospital and work with both large and small animals. These critters inspire many of my designs. Thus, I’ve become known for my unique style of design and my teaching.
My sister, Jean Wells-Keenan introduced me to the quilt world in 1969. I was hooked! In 1979, I got a job at Daisy Kingdom in Portland, OR, started teaching and designing, and the rest is history.
I teach quilting at a few local quilt shops, but primarily at seminars or retreats throughout the US and Canada, some of which include the Sisters Quilt Show and Quilters Affair, Ocean Waves, Quilting by the Lake, Evergreen Piecemakers, Laughing in the Cabin, Bar M Ranch, Sun Dome, and more.
Numerous magazines and books have published my quilts over the years. These publications include Fons and Porter’s for the Love of Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts, Backwoods Home and various local newspapers and magazines. Many quilt books have featured my quilts.
Different quilts of mine have gone to juried international shows at Houston, TX, Paducah, KY, and Pacific International at Santa Clara, CA. Two years running, my quilts received first place at the Hoffman Challenge. I’ve also displayed my quilts at Northwest shows, earning best of show, viewers’ choice, most creative, and first place.
Designing patterns is my forte. I’ve designed over 20 patterns for Prairie Girls of Prineville, OR, six for Creative Iron of StenSource International of Sonara, CA, and 15 patterns for my own company, Log Cabin Quiltworks, which I started in 2001. Prior to this, I owned a quilt shop in Pendleton, OR for five years, with the same name. I love to draw; I love to quilt! I love horses and the outdoors, and I love people. These are the foundations of my life and inspiration for my patterns.