Bio

Born in Portland, OR

Lives & works in Lehi, UT

 

I began making quilts in 2003 using my grandmother's sheets. I still enjoy creating group quilts with friends, but my main focus now is making dynamic quilts that express my experiences and spirituality. After seven years co-founding and co-directing Utah County Modern Quilt Group, I switched focus to academia. My areas of interest are 21st century quiltmaking through the lenses of women's studies, fan studies, and anthropology. Other areas within those fields are communitas, pilgrimage, digital community, and the diffusion of innovation. I am currently looking at contemporary American quiltmakers and the meanings of their fabric, the Modern Quilt Movement, and the rotary cutter as a symbol of the quilt revival. 

The mother of three teenagers, I have been happily married for over twenty years.

I am a cancer survivor and a birder. I enjoy cycling, BBC murder mysteries, and the mountains.

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Curricula Vitae

Education

2025 University of Leicester, anticipated PhD in Museum Studies

2021 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA in Material Culture & Textile Studies

2000 Brigham Young University, BA in English

 

Accomplishments

2022-2024 American Quilt Study Group Board Member

2022 Names of Christ (2020) accepted at The 12th International Art Competition

of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2021 Undaunted (2020) acquired by The Henry Ford Museum

2020 Research practicum for The Henry Ford Museum

2020 Recipient of the Frances J. Cronin Fellowship, UNL & International Quilt Museum

2019 Poster presenter at American Quilt Study Group Seminar

2019 Judge for Springville Art Museum's Annual Quilt Competition

Publications

2020 Sept 21, Growing The Henry Ford's Quilt Collection: The Modern Quilt Movement. The Henry Ford Museum Blog Post.

2021, These Are My People: An Ethnography of QuiltCon, Master's Thesis, UNL Digital Commons.

2022, These Are My People and Yours, QuiltCon Magazine, pp. 16-19.

2022, The Landscape of the Modern Quilt Movement: 1995-2020, Uncoverings, vol. 43

Stay tuned for more!