I WAS THE MIDDLE CHILD IN A NAVY FAMILY, so sewing was my anchor as we moved from place to place. My mother taught me how to sew and make doll clothes from her fabric scraps. As I grew older, clothing construction quickly became my passion.
I actually ﬂunked Home Economics in 9th grade because I just couldn’t make a pattern without changing it! I didn't want a side zipper in my shirtwaist dress — everyone else was doing that! So, I put in a button placket instead. It’s only natural that I fell in love with creating what I want using digitizing software.
I married an engineer and continued the nomadic lifestyle. Living in six countries was a wonderful way to learn ﬁrst-hand about different fabrics, techniques and colors. I developed the “quilting bug” in Nigeria when I was told, “All Americans can quilt.” Therefore, I made a log cabin quilt for the local charity bazaar, and the rest is history!
As we continued to move around the globe, I joined quilt guilds and made it my mission to teach quilting and set up guilds in countries where there were none. We returned to the USA where I purchased my ﬁrst embroidery machine and discovered the beauty and consistency of machine embroidery.
My husband use to tell people that I worked to support my needle habit and then didn’t tell them what I did. (Engineers are so funny!) It’s a good thing he doesn’t know about my thread habit, which exceeds my fabric stash!
“Teri is, without a doubt, the best software teacher I’ve ever encountered. Her knowledge of the product is superb. She also makes learning fun.”
— CAROL L. PETER