My mother provided me a fun beginning sewing project one "bored" summer vacation day in my early elementary school years. I promptly fell in love with stitching and textiles. Technical mastery and designing was sparked by instruction and exposure to new things in middle and high school years, followed by completion of wonderfully fulfilling study for my BA degree in Clothing & Textiles/Fashion Design at Brigham Young University.
|Jodi in rust pant suit, 2nd from left in middle row|
Group photo taken in Luxemburg Gardens,
across the street from pension where we lived.
|BYU graduation '78|
My technical sewing experiences at BYU were wonderful because I learned many stitching and sewing techniques, how to use a thimble (essential in my hand quilting work), grain line theory, attention to detail, color theory, mass production, etc.
|Vince & Jodi 1982|
|2002 Event Banner created by Jodi|
|Jodi, center, with family at Silver Thimble ceremony|
(Father Gus, mother Helen, brother Eric & wife Martha,
Over the years, I have provided gratis lectures and trunk shows, been employed as a teacher, acted as quilt show judge for the Utah Quilt Guild. In 2010, I was awarded the Silver Thimble by the Guild in recognition of my long-time membership and contribution to their efforts and activities.
|Our family nearly grown|
Riley, Jodi, Mikey, Kenzie Vince, Cory
Eventually our family welcomed three children, daughter Kenzie Leigh, Riley Vincent, and Cory Aaron. We have lived in four Utah cities: five years in Bennion, followed by 20 years in South Jordan, and now we reside near the twelfth tee of a beautiful golf course in Lehi. We have a marvelous view of a water hazard mini-lake, and the south eastern mountain range enclosing Utah Valley. My family members are developing their own creative pursuits. Kenzie is a graphic design graduate and currently creates digital paper designs for Silhouette America. Riley is becoming an artistic photographer of subjects in natural settings. Cory is putting his imagination to work in the drafting and architectural fields. Vince is creating pressed flower and preserved inset artwork. Yes, I am afraid what ever I am suffering from is CATCHING!
|Pogo the cat in a crazy pose|
We also have -- or perhaps HE has us -- as part of our family a gray and white tabby cat, but he is a distinct and lengthy story all by himself!
Find more of my personal history, including images of the art quilts I have created as entries in the International Art Competitions sponsored by the LDS Museum of Church History and Art. Several of these have received recognition or purchase awards by the Museum.