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Occupation author/graphic artist/home-based publisher/teacher
Location The Urban Prairie, Nebraska/Kansas, United States
Introduction Married to Charles A. Samples for almost forty years; mother of two great sons; gramma to four little ones. Have lived in Omaha most of my life. Began a love affair with "sane" quilts in 1971 or '72 after seeing a silk "LOG CABIN" coverlet in an Ethan Allen catalog and started amassing a large stash of true calicos and many other questionable cottons and poly-cotton blends. But it was an unexpected encounter with an 1887 Crazyquilt in 1987, almost exactly one hundred years after it was made, that changed my life! After eight years of serious study, with my Charlie's encouragement and consent, I started a professional career as a teacher of antique embroidery stitches/methods AND Crazyquilt patchwork in 1992. Since then, a 226-page book has been published by American Quilter's Society (1999; now in its fifth printing). Am finishing three Workbooks this year and four Patterns designed especially for crazyquilters and fabric embellishers. Am very hopeful to be allowed several more years of creative endeavor and quality time with my darlin' family and sister-friends, all of whom are brilliant and too gorgeous for words! (They know who they are...)
Interests designing stitch combinations for modern-day Crazyquilts and fancy FAN quilts, studying old Crazyquilts in person, COTTAGE-STYLE & "ROMANTIC" DECORATING, the Victorian era, the Civil War, old lace, vintage "dime-store" hankies, antique decorative tins, Mary Engelbreit books & collectibles, four grand-children, mastering ms WORD 2003!
Favorite Movies True Grit, ROCKY, How the West Was Won, Ben-Hur, The Quiet Man, Song of Bernadette, The Swan, Meet Me in St. Louis, SCROOGE (Albert Finney 1970), Good-bye Mr. Chips (Peter O'Toole 1971), El Cid, Sense and Sensibility, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, The Russia House, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, STAR TREK: The Motion Picture, Galaxy Quest, Trading Places, The Pawnbroker
Favorite Music music of the great Movie-score composers, "Clair de Lune" & "Afternoon of a Faun", Miss Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller BY Glenn Miller!, George Gershwin-Irving Berlin-Jerome Kern-Rogers & Hammerstein sung by Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra, "SHOW BOAT", etherial New Age instrumentals, classic Johnny Mathis (1954-1984), Judy Garland!, B. STREISAND, Judy Collins, The Righteous Brothers, AMERICA, soundtrack to "RIVERDANCE", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers
Favorite Books The Once and Future King, A Christmas Carol, FATHER ELIJAH and ECLIPSE OF THE SUN by Michael D. O'Brien, Little Women, Around the World in Eighty Days, Wind in the Willows, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Charlotte's Web, GOD IS AN ENGLISHMAN, [The Complete] SHERLOCK HOLMES

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