I was born in Tempe, Arizona into a Military family. I was very lucky that my dad was stationed in Arizona for almost 16 years. Before moving to Germany for 2 years, I met my husband, Scott. I graduated from Frankfurt American High School. In 1980, I married my high school sweetheart and moved to Las Vegas. We have 3 children, ages 42, 32 and 21. Yes, every 10 years. I also have 2 granddaughters from my oldest daughter ages 19 and 16. I home schooled the last 2 of my children and my youngest is in Prescott, Arizona at Embry Riddle University studying Aeronautical Sciences and also learning to fly. He is already a pilot with several ratings, soon to be doing multi-engine flights for this rating. Before becoming a stay at home (home schooling) mom, I worked in accounting in several casinos and doctors offices. I learned to sew when I was about 13 from my grandmother and my mother. I loved using my grandma’s treadle Singer sewing machine. I ended up taking 4 years of sewing in high school. I like to try anything new. I also do French machine sewing, English smocking, machine embroidery but my favorite is being creative with my quilting. I worked at the Bernina shop 30 years ago and taught beginning sewing and quilting. We have it so good now as the tools we use are so much better than they were back then. I am involved with Threads of Fellowship, a ministry at our church. We have been involved in the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for over 30 years. We have annual camping in Cathedral Gorge, Nevada with anywhere from 10 to 30 telescopes pointing towards the sky. In 2017 a group of us went to Rexburg, ID to witness the total eclipse. This was my 3rd total eclipse: we went to Mexico in 1991 to see the longest eclipse of the century, almost 7 minutes and the Caribbean in 1998 for a 4 minute one.
I was born in Lakewood, NJ, where I grew up and went to school. I had always wanted to teach special education, so I went to Michigan State University for their excellent program The next 30 years were spent in southeastern Michigan as Resource Room teacher, Teacher Consultant, elementary principal and finally as an Assistant Superintendent. Although I had made much of my own clothing early on, as I got busier with work and education, my sewing went by the wayside. That is, until the fateful day when I went to get my 20-year-old machine serviced and the saleswoman showed me a new machine that she said had a “quilting stitch”. I was hooked. I bought that machine and quickly upgraded to an embroidery machine. I started taking classes in quilting and embroidery in my free time.
In 2003, my husband, John, and I retired to San Diego. I had decided that if I were going to relocate, it had to be perfect. Our 12 years in San Diego certainly were wonderful. I quickly joined the local quilt guild and worked on their various quilt shows. My new home was 2 miles away from Quilt in a Day and getting to know Eleanor Burns was a wonderful experience. I attended her Block Party classes and Bucket List, a monthly UFO group who finished our projects along with Eleanor. I still help out with proofreading some of her patterns and books. Although I claimed to be fully retired, I found myself working for a local sewing machine store for 9 years. While there, I organized their special events, including programs with David Taylor, Walter Floriani, John Deer, Anita Goodesign, and the Stitching Sisters. I learned so much in my years there and accumulated 6 great sewing machines. Four years ago, my husband & I decided it was time to downsize. When the first house we looked at in Henderson had a casita large enough to hold all my sewing machines, we knew we had found our new home. Within the first month of living here, I went to the Green Valley Circle meeting and volunteered to serve as their rep. From there I became Membership Chair and Quilt Show Chair. I am now pleased serve on the Executive Board as DQN Vice President.
I was born in Marion, Ohio, grew up in Gahanna, Ohio & have been in Henderson for 3 years. We moved here 3 years ago to be closer to my sister (Chris) and of course to get out of the freezing cold & snow. Dan & I have been married 29 years after meeting when we were each bowling in a league. We have 3 children: a daughter, two sons, 4 granddaughters & three grandsons. I am a Certified Profession Coder and work for Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada as an auditor & physician educator. I’ve been an avid NASCAR racing fan since 1984 when my brother got me started watching it. I followed Bill Elliott’s career for 31 years & now follow his son Chase’s career. I got started quilting in 2016 after Chris handed me a kit to make a small table runner & said “Here you’re going to make this.”. Most people know I love purple and while helping with the quilt show in 2017, I saw a purple quilt and after making it for our spare bedroom I was hooked. I’ve made a Nightmare before Christmas Halloween quilt for my daughter-in-law, a ‘kitty cat’ lap size quilt for my best friend, a baby quilt for my youngest grandson and one for a co-worker. I’m entering the 2019 quilt show for the first time with a jelly roll quilt my son named ‘Purple Belief’.
Cory Allender was born in southeastern Michigan and spent her life there until she and her husband, an automotive engineer, moved to St. George, Utah, 17 years ago. When she was a child, her mother and god mother taught her how to sew, knit, and crochet. Her mother-in-law taught her how to hand piece and hand quilt 30 years ago. She has been longarming for the past 16 years and taught longarming at Let’s Quilt in St. George. As an only child not blessed with children, her own work consists of competition quilts which, after they finish their show run, are given to the person who bonds with them.
She is a member of Art Quilts, Etc. as well as Co-Chair of the Judging Room for QLV and Quilt Las Vegas Show 2020 Chair.. She finds the creativity and inclusiveness of DQN to be more than worth the drive to Las Vegas and is very proud to be a member of the Guild.