Mitzie's "old soul" fits her well. She was raised on a cattle farm in North Carolina. She learned all things creative from her mother, grandmothers and father who has a complexly practical and mechanical mind. She learned to sew and quilt from the women in her life who understood not only the art, but the functionality. Her mother sewed their clothes. Her granny and aunt sewed from necessity. She learned little gems from each of them, and then later in life, she learned from her mother-in-law as well. She loves and appreciates the tradition and heritage that comes from quilts that were hand stitched by groups of women start to finish like those created by her husband's grandmother. Sewing and quilting are in her blood and in her vows.
While her "old soul" it fitting, Mitzie lives in a "modern reality." She is the mother of two amazingly creative and inventive children who are constantly building or painting or taking apart. She is the wife of a musical nerd who supports her every dream and notion. She works full time as the Regional Gift Planner for the Carolinas for the ELCA Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Art in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with a concentration in Christian Education and Christian Spirituality. She is a rostered Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has led numerous retreats and workshops in pottery and health/fitness, and loves bringing people together to grow in faith, creativity and self-worth. She lives life WIDE OPEN, never idle.
She believes quilting, in all forms, is art at its best. It is art to admire, but also art that welcomes friends and family to a table or home. It is art that comforts the shoulders of a child or the lap of a friend. Functional art acknowledges the soul of living. Her sewing studio is her sanctuary, but her mind is constantly in motion - creating, absorbing and designing. She has loads of patterns living on scraps of paper and napkins that she will someday translate for others to play with also. She sews garments, bags and other goodies as her heart desires. Some of those, along with her wall hangings, throws and bed quilts can be purchased here.