Julie has always been interested in art since her mother taught her to draw when she was just a little girl. Julie sewed clothing for her daughters when they were young but then her sewing machine sat parked until she became addicted to fabric and quilting. She is a self-taught quilter.
Julie prefers a contemporary approach to quiltmaking. She also creates collage and mixed media works which complement her quilting style well.
This quilt was Julie’s first art quilt, and she was excited to have it chosen for the "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" traveling exhibit. Julie’s mother lived gracefully with Alzheimer’s for 8 long years, during which time Julie saw how difficult, heartbreaking and exhausting it was for her father, sister and daughter to be the primary caretakers for her mother. She is forever grateful to all caregivers who "catch the pieces" for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s.
Julie lives with her husband, Rich, and their two dogs and two cats, in Gardner, Kansas.