Marti started quilting over 30 years ago when she wanted to make a quilt for her older son who she was expecting at the time. She became a prolific quilt maker around 2003 when she was able to travel less for work and her two sons were growing up.
After retiring from a 39 year career at IBM as a programmer and project manager, she found her dream job working at Yankee Pride Quilts in Essex Junction. She loves helping people select fabric and work through design questions they may have. After having volunteered for many years, Marti joined the Vermont Quilt Festival board as the Contest chair. She is now the chair of Vermont Quilt Festival. Marti loves that she is able to devote so much more time to quilting.
Her late husband bought a long arm for her in 2012–he was probably tired of hearing her ooooh and aaaaah over all the machines when she would come home from a quilt show. Having her own machine, she could long arm her own work and have a small business long arming and making quilts on commission for others. Marti doesn’t focus on any one quilt genre and enjoys designing her own patterns. She loves thread painting, paper piecing, and making quilts with many small pieces. “Maybe that’s the programmer in me that still loves the challenge of putting something intricate together,” Marti remarks.