Colleen  grew up in Northern California, attended college at UC Davis, and started teaching school as a 4th grade teacher in 1983. She retired in June 2017.  During her 33 years teaching, she taught 2nd through 8th grades, and a variety of subjects.  She finished her teaching career at the middle school level, teaching what she refers to as the fun stuff … art, drama and PE.  She also taught dance to classroom teachers for the Northern California Art Project during the summer for 12 years, and still does an occasional dance workshop for educators.   

She has been sewing since she was in the eighth grade (she sewed dresses back when she used to wear dresses).  Her mom was a charter member of the local quilt guild, and her sister also quilted, so it made sense to try quilting. She made her first quilt after her first year of college in 1976.  She made her second quilt much later in 1990.  When her two sons got older, she started playing with designing quilts, and creating with and on fabric.   Just as much as she likes quilting, she likes telling the stories that go along with her quilts, hence the lecture title of “Life with a Border Around It”.   In addition to quilting, she likes hiking, biking, motorcycling (a Honda 700), cats, family, hugs, and Nutella, not necessarily in that order.

In her lecture and trunk show, Colleen shares an eclectic collection of quilts.  She starts with a few made by her great grandmother, grandmother, and mom, and then moves on to her own quilting and designing journey.  As she shares her quilts, she also shares stories about her quilts or stories that inspired her quilts.

November 21 Workshop - Taking Out the Color

This workshop is a little different in that you don’t need to bring your sewing machine (unless you want to) and there isn’t a project you need to finish.  Colleen starts with a little show and tell of quilts she has made using DeColourant in the design process.  She then teaches a variety of techniques for using DeColourant on fabric and demonstrates how to use all the different tools she has acquired.  Then she lets you play with her toys and gives you any assistance you might need or want for the rest of the workshop.  Colleen provides all the DeColourant you need during the workshop, and sends you home with a small container at the end.

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