I have been actively involved in sewing, needlework and handicrafts from a very young age. After graduating from Douglass College, Rutgers University, where I specialised in clothing, textiles and design, I studied fashion in New York City before working as a crafts editor for McCall's Needlwork & Crafts Magazine and Dover Publications.
Since I moved to England in 1984, I have published 13 books on quilt making, including The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting (Sixth&Spring), Quilts Around the Year (Museum Quilts Publications), Country Quilts (Mitchell Beazley Publishers), Quilts: The American Story, with Susan Jenkins (HarperCollins) and Beautiful Patchwork Gifts (Sterling Publishers). The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting and Applique originally published by Mitchell Beazley has been updated and republished by Search Press. I have also published books on general crafts, crochet, knitting, and even one on babies. My books are sold all over the world and have been translated into many different languages.
Over the years, I have been a contributing crafts designer and editor for several American and British magazines and have edited dozens of books on both sides of the Atlantic on subjects ranging from all forms of needlework to cookery and travel. I have been writing At the Sharp End for The Quilters' Guild magazine for over 19 years. I am a certified quilt judge and have had the privilege of judging many quilt exhibitions and contests. I have given lectures throughout the British Isles and internationally on quilt making, although I have now given that up except at the Festival of Quilts or nearby venues.
I am a member of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, Contemporary Quilt and the London Quilters. I live in London and Oxfordshire with my British husband, three children and Border Terriers.
Since the pandemic, I have become interested in nature photography and fungi, and am now studying mycology.