About Me

I was born in northeastern Oklahoma, lived on a farm most of my young life, and now live in the Sam Houston National Forest of deep East Texas. I married my childhood sweetheart in 1969, had a wonderful son and beautiful daughter, and now we are grandparents to 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. We have lived in either Oklahoma or Texas all of our lives. (You can see a graphic of our moves at the bottom of this post.)

Our wedding day 50 years ago and our 50th anniversary

We are both retired and now spend our days taking care of our 5 acres, doing things we love, and spoiling our pets. My husband has a shop where he "makes things", and I like to quilt in my sewing room and enable my fabric addiction. I also putz around with needlework and crochet. My other loves (in no particular order) include a lifelong fascination with weather, James Herriot and all things UK, baking, gardens, and my family.

This is how I pictured retirement but it's a bit busier than that!

My Sew-Called Quilts is all about quilting, needlework, recipes, and gardening - I just like to make stuff! I've been quilting since 2010 when my sweet Mom, who lived with us, passed away, and I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. Both my grandmothers were quilters, and I wish I had been smart enough to learn from them when I was younger. My favorite quilts are traditional, scrappy, and gradation. I taught myself embroidery and crochet in my 20s and still love the hand-work, and I really enjoy cross stitch.

Some odd facts about me:
  • I was born and raised on a farm in northeastern Oklahoma, married my childhood sweetheart, had our first child my senior year of college and received a degree in mathematics. We've moved back and forth from Oklahoma to Texas, back again, and have finally retired in Texas. We still miss Oklahoma!
  • I intended to use my degree in mathematics to teach junior high math, but I had a baby instead and never got around to renewing my teacher certification. Instead I wore many office "hats" from administrative to data input to management.
  • In 2007 I said good-bye to corporate life and started my own catering company, For Goodness Sake. I catered for a local coffee shop, my church, wedding showers, weddings, corporate clients, and individuals until 2013. It was my best job ever!
  • We have four rescued animals - three kitties (Katy, Jack, and Rosie) and our dog Buddy - and it's all about their comfort!
  • I am a trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service and love storms and towering supercells, so that officially makes me a weather geek.
  • I have my Conceal Carry license and enjoy shooting pistols (at a paper target!)
  • I may be the only Republican quilter in the US. 

My Old Blogs
For Goodness Sake
This was my catering blog from 2007 to 2012. We moved from Texas to Edmond, Oklahoma in 2005, and I held a couple of administrative job until I started a catering business - For Goodness Sake. I baked for a small coffee shop, catered dinners and events at my church and local small businesses, and sold wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I blogged about my catering experiences as well as recipes I made for my family.

The Katy Rose
This became my "new" blog when we moved from Edmond to Katy, TX in 2012. My catering business slowed down as I started volunteering my time as a chef at our church. My blogging changed focus as I became more interested in crafts and quilting. We moved from Katy to Magnolia, TX in 2013. In 2015 my husband retired, and we moved in 2016 to our current home. My blog name changed a couple more times before it evolved into the current My Sew-Called Quilts.


  1. Thank you for sharing this about yourself. You sound so interesting...and the Republican part is REFRESHING!

  2. Your bio is amazingly similar to mine, except I never was a caterer. lol

  3. I wanted to try and find you because I saw your comment on Olla Podrida's blog yet couldn't reply there. The last ingredient on her Aunt's chili sauce recipe is 4 small hot peppers. I read your bio with interst. So many commonalities. I'm a retired teacher, have been a James Harriot fan since I was a teenager, own both a rescued cat and dog, own two small handguns which I'm can proficiently use, and own a home in deep East Texas. We differ in how we identify politically. You're far from the only Republcan quilter but quite possible the only one who still admits it.

    1. Thanks for your comments Katz, and for the info on the recipe! We have interesting commonalities.
      I've actually found a good group of professing conservatives on Instagram! :)


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