I grew up in Iowa as an only child to two very hard working, creative, nature loving parents. I learned how to sew in the 5th grade when my dad and I made a quilt out of our old shirts. In college, at Iowa State University, I studied engineering, Spanish, Portuguese, drawing, and printmaking before finally realizing my love of textiles in a yardage screen printing class. Now I live in Kansas City where I teach full time at the Kansas City Art Institute and make loads of quilts.
All of my quilts (except some new explorations) are hand dyed and I love teaching others how to dye fabric. I teach workshops regularly at my studio in the Kansas City Textile Studio and travel to teach around the US (I'm eager to travel abroad to teach - email me if you live somewhere cool and you want me to come there!). My book, Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts, was published in 2014. I also frequently show my work in galleries and I enjoy creating custom landscape quilts for clients in the US and abroad.