"How It All Started...
took my first quilting class in Toronto, Ontario in 1986. Quilting was
something I had wanted to do since I was a child. But it wasn’t until I
had a child on the way that I took my first class, and then I was
definitely bitten by the ’quilting bug.’ Soon after, I joined the York
Heritage Quilters Guild without even knowing what a guild was, but for me
it was perfect because it opened my eyes to a whole new world of
creativity and friendship.
In 1989, I moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario. I put a quilt teaching ad in
the Niagara Falls Review and five trusting women signed up for my sampler
class. That led to more classes and even to the creation of a quilters
guild (The Rainbow County Quilters) which is still going strong.
During the early ‘90s, I specialized in designing quilted garments and
participated in four AQS shows in Paducah, Kentucky. After the 1995 show,
I felt I had to move in a different direction and returned to doing more
In 1994, my husband’s job took us to Edmonton, Alberta, where I was
embraced by a warm and generous quilting community. By the time another
job transfer had taken us to Calgary, Alberta in 1996, I had already
started designing my own patterns, under the Meadow Lily Bridge brand
In 1998, my husband’s work brought us back to Ontario, and I now live in
Hamilton. I travel and teach extensively and I add several new designs to
the Meadow Lily Bridge pattern line every year.
My patterns are now being bought mainly in the United States and Canada,
but I’ve also had orders from Europe, Japan and Australia.