Jill started using a sewing machine at the age of three and a half when she received a child’s sewing machine for Christmas. Jill started teaching sewing in High School at the age of fifteen and also won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year award for her district. She started working in the sewing industry in 1980, making model garments and teaching bridal accessory techniques. This expanded into teaching sewing machine arts and eventually turned into a full time job as an educator for a major sewing machine company. Jill has been an independent educator for the last nineteen years and has written books for Country Stitches in Michigan, the “Heirloom Shirt” book as well as having articles published by “Sew Beautiful”, “McCalls” and “Threads” magazines. She is also the first “Signature Series” designer for Cactus Punch and the creator of one of their most popular embroidery designs, “Batternburg Lace”. She also has her own line of quilting and serger patterns. Today Jill lives in Colorado Springs and is involved in many creative groups. She shares her teaching talents in a variety of classes and has started an Art Quilt Group here at Nana’s Quilt Cottage, which meets the first Wednesday of odd months. She hopes to meet you in one of her classes.