Trish has been sewing and doing all kinds of crafts for over 40 years. The craft bug came from her Mom, who did a lot of sewing as Trish was growing up in New Jersey. In high school she became a serious seamstress, starting out by making her own clothes, progressing to reupholstering furniture, and eventually making clothes for her husband, all as a hobby. Never one to sit and enjoy the status quo, she was always experimenting with new techniques and challenges, discovering quilting when she decided to make a baby quilt as a gift in the mid-1980’s. Her love affair with this new dimension of her hobby blossomed as she realized quilting offered a better outlet for her creativity than making clothes.
In the more than quarter century since Trish made that first quilt she has literally made 100’s of them, always experimenting with different techniques and designs to make them more personal. Her favorite quilts have always been the ones that held people's memories and reminded them of special times or people in their lives. Her first T-shirt quilt, created in 1988, was for her husband and celebrated his days in college by using old T-shirts that otherwise would have gone to the rag bin. Since that time she has made many memory quilts, using T-Shirts, clothes, uniforms and fabrics for family, friends, and more recently, clients.
In addition to working on her own or clients creations, Trish has chaired three quilt/craft shows and formally taught classes at national quilt shows and local quilt shops on T-shirt and memory quilting as well as making cloth pocket books. She has been featured on podcasts, PBS quilting shows, and in a series on online classes. More frequently she can be found helping friends and guild members who are inspired to make their own memory quilts and need some extra help and advice. As an experienced quilter, Trish recognizes that she has learned from and been inspired by the many quilters that she has interacted with over the years as she moved around the country. The desire to help others do what she loves, just as others helped her, was the inspiration for writing a book that would fill the void in the currently available press by providing flexible and useful designs and techniques for making T-shirt or memory quilts.
Today, Trish has a studio full of books and fabrics that she continues to experiment with and a Gammill Statler Stitcher to finish all the quilts she makes. A member of the Florida Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, she served as president in 2009 and chairperson of the Cabin Fever Quilt Show from 2008 to 2010. As owner of Jersey Girl Quilts, a custom quilt business established in 2009, she designs and makes memory quilts for clients who don’t want to or can’t make their own. Based on her experiences with this business, a ruler/template system was developed which eases the cutting of shirts and improves cutting accuracy over the use of a basic square ruler.
Trish lives in central Florida with her husband of 41 years, Doug. She has two children and two grandchildren. She is a registered nurse and successfully ran her own Legal Nurse consulting business prior to moving to Florida in 2003.