I was born and raised in Oklahoma City. My husband, Steve, and I met at the University of Oklahoma. We married in 1978, at the end of our senior year at OU when we each completed our degrees, mine in interior design and his in zoology. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Zoology at Arizona State University. His career has taken us to Tempe, AZ, Tulsa, OK, and most recently to Sherman, TX, where he is Dean of the Sciences at Austin College. Luckily, I can make quilts anywhere!
Our boys, Chris and Jeff were born while Steve was in graduate school. I discovered quilting when Jeff was 1 and the boys needed comforters for their bunk beds. I have not put my needle down since!
I met Linda Jenkins, my partner in Piece O’ Cake Designs, not long after I started quilting at a meeting of the Green Country Quilters’ Guild in Tulsa. We’ve been friends ever since. We started Piece O' Cake in 1994. I could not ask for a better partner.
Making quilts is interesting, fulfilling, and challenging. Being an author, teacher, and running a web-based business is exhilarating. This is not what I thought I would be doing with my life when I graduated from college. This is so much better!
Our oldest son, Chris, married Lorna Warren in 2001. They presented us with our first grandchild, Elanor Cecelia, November 6, 2002 and John Patrick Kelly "Jack" Goldsmith was born October 24, 2007. Being a "Nana" is truly wonderful! Christopher is working on a PhD in British Literature at SMU in Dallas which means that he, Lorna, and our grandchildren are nearby!
Our second son, Jeff, married Celia Aldape on August 15, 2009. Jeff recently joined the faculty at Columbia and they are currently living in NYC! Celia is a blogger, is crafty, and is very media savvy. I am truly blessed to have two DILs that I love, and that love me back!
Piece O’ Cake
919 Starlight Drive, Sherman, TX 75090
I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I met my husband, Paul, in Tulsa and we have been married a very long time. Paul is now retired and spends his time playing golf, riding his Harley and lending a helping hand at Piece O’ Cake Designs whenever we need him. I retired from 20 years as a hair stylist and salon owner. I have 16 years in my second career as a quilt designer and loving every minute of it.
Quilting began as a hobby for me in 1984. My hobby has now turned into a full time and very fulfilling career! I wish I had started quilting sooner. I love all aspects of quilting, but I fell in love with needle turn hand appliqué.
Becky Goldsmith and I formed Piece O' Cake Designs, Inc. in 1994. We met at our local quilt guild in Tulsa four years earlier. Over the years, we have become good friends and partners sharing our love of appliqué and quilting.
You never know when you volunteer for a job at guild that you might work with the best friend you have ever had.
Becky and I have been blessed with the rapid growth of Piece O’ Cake Designs, Inc. We both travel and nationwide. Most of our 26 books and 152 patterns were self published until 2002 when we joined C&T Publishing’s team.
Piece O’ Cake Designs
2977 Comanche Court, Grand Junction, CO 81503