In 1995 I retired from teaching in Marietta, Georgia and
moved to Lake
Hartwell in South Carolina. Being in need of a hobby, I taught
myself traditional quilting through the use of library books.
In November of 2003 I became a member of Lake and Mountain Quilters'
Guild in Seneca, SC, where other quilters inspired me to do other
styles of quilting. November of 2004 set me on a new path when I
attended the International Quilt Show in Houston, TX. I began
teaching myself to create pictorial and landscape quilts.
Being asked to join the "Thread Heads" group in September 2006
put me into a position of working "outside the box". I strive to
work using new
techniques but find more comfort in doing what I enjoy best:
I have had four entries selected to be in the American Quilter's
Int'l. Show in Knoxville, TN.
SERGE: Having had a career in aeronautical
engineering and computer system design I had always been involved in, and felt
comfortable with, things technical. So when I retired I decided
to challenge myself and put the other half of my brain to use. In 1999 I attended 10 weekly classes to learn pen
ink techniques for drawing portraits, and in 2006, with Jean's
persistent encouragement, I took weekly classes that lasted a little
over a year. These classes, together with films and books by
other watercolor artists gave me the confidence to dabble in it.
In 2013 Serge and Jean moved to the Cascades-Verdae Retirement Community in Greenville, S.C. Jean became active in organizing a group for making quilts for veterans, which is part of the National Quilts of Valor Foundation. Since April of 2014 Jean has made 18 quilts for veterans who live at Cascades. When she is not making patriotic quilts, she continues to use her artistic techniques on a variety of other quilts