|I have been doing needle work in one form or another all my life. My grandmother and older sister taught me to embroider, and my mother taught me to machine sew. Along the way I’ve cross- stitched, needlepointed, crocheted, knitted, woven, spun, hooked, and appliqued everything and anything. I discovered quilting about 2006, when I needed to fill up some wall space with some sound-absorbing material, and my first quilt, the ‘Mountain Quilt’, was born. With a lot of encouragement from Marti Cummins and the gang at Marti’s Patchwork Cottage, and some classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, I’ve been working on developing my own techniques and my own style, and have had a marvelous adventure in fabric along the way.
Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, I’ve lived in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, and San Francisco, California. I have a masters degree in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill and also spent many years as an estate gardener, and later as a field biologist and land manager. In 2000, along with husband/luthier Tom Fellenbaum we opened Acoustic Corner, a musical instrument shop in Black Mountain, NC. We sold the business in 2016 and though I no longer repair violins, I still play old-time banjo. I am an avid gardener, but am most happy hiking in the mountains of western North Carolina with my dog buddies and their owners. I’m currently learning how to keep bees and make hard cider on our homestead in Old Fort, NC, which I share with Tom and Ben, the Puggle.