The story goes something like this…
I started working in my mother’s quilt shop – “The Cotton Ball” in Morro Bay California. My wife was working on a teaching credential so I needed to pick up some extra hours around the shop. We shortly then after became Pfaff sewing machine dealers, and that is when I became a quilter. I first made about thirty aloha shirts, which yielded a fantastic wardrobe and a ton of scraps mostly batik and floral. This pile of stash and the eagerness to try free motion machine quilting became my first quilt, which now serves as a curtain in an office no one uses. My second quilt was the hit – “The Dolphin Dance” an easy strip pieced quilt that has sold over 600 patterns in my store alone and countless kits. I caught the quilt pox and was never cured. I began teaching myself to quilt through traditional techniques adapted for a man and his machine. Quilted Seascapes became my middle name.
I began teaching my techniques in classes at our store, then four day quilting retreats. Somewhere along the line of trips to Houston quilt Market I made a wise crack to the president of Free Spirit fabrics and landed my first job as a fabric designer. Another wise crack and I was designing quilts for Michael Miller Fabric’s new releases. I also was offered to show my quilts in a Marine Art Gallery. My opening was a huge success sold a third of my hangings in the first weekend, and hooked a commission quilt that now hangs in our county’s most prestigious health club. This story travels with me as I present my quilts and techniques to guilds across California. I have taped for both Simply Quilts and Uncommon Threads and The Quilt Show, and though things were just getting off the ground for me. Then came The Missouri Star Quilt Company and an offer to partner on the Man Sewing project. Wow what a great ride it has been so far, and only getting better. Life is too short, be creative, have fun.