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Making a Life that Soars…

In my hyper-focused, never idle, joyful, realist way, I work to get down on paper all the designs in my head. Some are quilt patterns. Some are surface patterns. Some don’t quite fit in any one category.

I “was” a marathon runner, weight lifter and potter. I taught classes and have commissioned pieces across the south east. In 2014, though, my life changed completely. Pain and neuropathy began to take over my body and mind gradually, until I couldn’t take it anymore. They tested me for all sorts of scary things like brain tumors, ALS, Parkinson’s, and MS. It took four neurologist and two years for a diagnosis. Tarlov Cysts. You can Google it, I did, because I had never even heard of it. I could deal with the pain, but the part that sucked the most…no more running, lifting or pottery. I eventually let go and sold my pottery studio and floundered for a while trying to figure out who I was without all these faithful loves in my life.

By accident, I found the Great British Sewing Bee on Youtube. Shhh, don’t tell. I was hooked and started sewing again. My mother taught me as a child. As I tend to do with all things, once I learned how to make something, like jeans, or a dress, or a coat, I was on to the next thing. Until I reached quilting. I had found it; that “feeling” I used to get when I was throwing a pot. Something inside me shifted. The actual quilting part of making a quilt, is my favorite, because it gives me that same “feeling.” Designing is my second favorite part of quilting as it hits that hyper-focused ADHD creativity side of my brain.  

Quilting and my new local guild friends, helped me find my way back to my creative and physical self.  I hadn’t realized how lost I felt. I am grateful to them, and to my family for allowing Jittery Wings to be a large part of our lives. Thank you for visiting to learn more. If you would like me to speak at one of your events for a trunk show and to share my story, please visit the Class and Workshop page at www.jitterywings.com.

MITZIE IN THE NEWS OR PRINT:

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Make Modern Magazine Issue 22 May 2018 "One Got Out" Pattern

1st Place Craft Winner for Prosperity's Hopping Art and Craft Festival, May 2017 

The Columbia Metropolitian

The Presbyterian Handbook for Pastors

On Midlands Connects WACH Fox Columbia News

Remember who and whose you are and your creations will be windows to grace.
— Mitzie
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