Quilting is my passion. I have always enjoyed sewing and various different sorts of crafts, but when I started quilting, I knew it was something very special. In the beginning, I was a class-aholic. I wanted to learn every technique and to experience many different styles of quilting. I still enjoy different styles of quilting, but I lean towards vintage and nostalgic designs. Now, instead of taking classes, I teach classes. When a guest teacher comes to town, however, I become a student again.
A Graceful Stitch was started in 2006 when the design side of quilting became my new love. I keep my eyes open all the time, taking inspiration from what surrounds me. I like to challenge myself with a variety of color palettes and a wide range of fabric choices. I try to sew a little each day even if it's "after hours" when everyone else has gone to bed.
I have a very supportive family – Dennis, my husband (I know, I know – isn’t it cute – Dennis & Denise!) two beautiful daughters and my two boys (Luke, a Yorkie/Maltese mix and Gus, a Golden Retriever). My oldest daughter, Lindsey, just finished a two-year teaching position with Teach for America in New Orleans. She will be attending Stanford in the fall for graduate studies. Mandy, my baby, is graduating from high school and will attend Chapman University in the fall. Hopefully someday they will both enjoy quilting as much as I do.