Annette learned to sew, embroider, paint, and garden from her grandmother. She learned to quilt with the goal of making quilts that would someday be family heirlooms. Her mom, Jacque, instilled in Annette a love an appreciation for antiques. Because her family’s quilts and heirlooms had been stolen or destroyed, there were no antique quilts for passing down. It seemed the perfect void to fill.
In 1997, a talented group of ladies aske Annette to join their block-exchange group with the purpose of reproducing antique quilts. The group, known as the Nineteenth-Century Patchwork Divas, would choose a quilt and have a block exchange, a wonderful scrappy reproduction quilt would be the result. Because choosing the reproduction fabrics specific to the time period was important, knowledge of antique fabrics was necessary. Annette learned more about antique fabrics through classes, friends, research, and antique dealers. She has learned so much since she has been involved with the Divas, but the learning never ends. With each block exchange, there is more to learn – whether it is finding the perfect reproduction blue for an 1870s quilt or perfecting a Y-seam.
She and her husband of 40 years, Jim, live in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. They have 2 children, Lauren and David; 3 grandchildren, Lucy, Joshua and Riley; and a border collie mix named Jake.