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I am a 3rd (or possibly 4th) generation quilter born and raised in St. Louis, MO (go Cardinals!), and relocated to Cincinnati, OH. I learned how to sew at a young age, originally learning on my mother’s workhorse manual Singer, and later occasionally using my great-grandmother’s Singer treadle machine when my mother permitted it. While sewing fell by the wayside (for the most part) growing up, I have always been crafty. Art was my favorite subject, and at home I was constantly drawing or painting, or creating in some way or another.

I have also always had a passion for the performing arts, which is what led me to my “day job” as a theatrical technician. In college, I majored in technical theatre and emphasized in stage management and costume design. Like riding a bike, all the sewing skills my mom taught me way back when came flooding back in college and I expanded on them in the costume shop. I…

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I am a 3rd (or possibly 4th) generation quilter born and raised in St. Louis, MO (go Cardinals!), and relocated to Cincinnati, OH. I learned how to sew at a young age, originally learning on my mother’s workhorse manual Singer, and later occasionally using my great-grandmother’s Singer treadle machine when my mother permitted it. While sewing fell by the wayside (for the most part) growing up, I have always been crafty. Art was my favorite subject, and at home I was constantly drawing or painting, or creating in some way or another.

I have also always had a passion for the performing arts, which is what led me to my “day job” as a theatrical technician. In college, I majored in technical theatre and emphasized in stage management and costume design. Like riding a bike, all the sewing skills my mom taught me way back when came flooding back in college and I expanded on them in the costume shop. I have spent a large amount of my professional career on tours with theatrical productions, travelling across the US and parts of Canada. I have worked in many amazing theatres with many amazing artists across the country.

I started Frayed Fuzzies in 2010 as a way to pass the time between theatrical gigs. I’m the kind of person that will go bonkers if I’m not doing something! Since then, Frayed Fuzzies has grown tremendously, and I have loved every minute of it! I bring a mixture of my personal background and professional training as a theatrical designer to my work here. My items are all made in a traditional style of quilting called “rag quilt”. The story goes that when an article of clothing could no longer be mended, or made into another piece of clothing, fugal Pioneer women would turn them into quilts: literally making quilts out of rags! I incorporate this love of traditional patterns and designs with my love of the un-ordinary and unique: creating quilts with bold prints and fun themes, or unique color combinations that would make a Pioneer woman faint (ha!). T-shirt quilts also pay homage to the tradition of rag quilting. Everyone has a pile of clothes somewhere that they just can’t seem to toss out: and it just sits there taking up room in your closet or dresser. By re-using the shirts to make a quilt, I am doing just what the Pioneer women did with worn out clothes, and giving those memories a new life as a quilt that will be cherished for years to come.


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