I have been sewing, and sketching throughout my whole life, due in large part to my mom. She always dabbled in all kinds of crafts and always let me join in on the fun. My dad does beautiful woodworking and carving. My grandparents, Bear and Rosalie, did oil painting, photography, cake decorating, quilting, woodworking…creativity has always been in my life.
I went to college at Missouri Western State University on a basketball scholarship (yes, basketball!) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. I got the accounting degree knowing that someday I would have my own craft business. I was just waiting to find the craft that I thoroughly loved, that could succeed as a business, and allow me to concentrate on my number one love, my family.
I didn't actually try quilting until the end of 2000. My husband's grandmother, Maryon, sent my son an adorable quilt she made with pieced squares and cookie cutters to make appliqué shapes. I thought, " I can do this!" So, without any previous instruction, I dove right in, had some success, and was immediately hooked. In 2002, when I couldn’t find a fall quilt I
liked, I purchased a large graph pad and designed my very first quilt. The local quilt
shop owner encouraged me to make it into a pattern to sell. So, I began selling the
patterns in her store, and then the store in the next town, and The Wooden Bear
business has been growing ever since.
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