May Presenter

Teacher:  David Taylor

“My obsession with fabric began at an early age: salvaging scraps from my mother’s sewing-area trash bin. By the time I was twelve years old, I was unstoppable on her 1967 Sears Kenmore sewing machine, creating costumes, clothing and crafty things. It wasn’t until I landed a part-time job at a major fabric store and met Madeleine (Drake) Vail, that I realized there were others in the world who were as addicted to fondling fabric as I was.

In 1999, more than a decade into our friendship, Madeleine and I collaborated on a fundraiser for the “Strings in the Mountains” Music Festival. Our challenge was to create a queen-sized art quilt for the Festival’s annual poster design. The quilt would also serve as a major ‘silent auction’ item. No pressure. We both now quilt as a way of life.

I ‘semi-retired’ from my career as a computer graphic artist in July 2009. Since that time, I have enjoyed teaching my appliqué and quilting techniques throughout the world.”