It was not long before Tricia developed a love for vintage fabrics with parents who bought and sold antiques and collectibles in Pennsylvania where she grew up. During college she worked at a house museum where she learned about antique textiles and realized she had a knack for determining the age of antique and vintage textiles. After earning a Master’s degree in education and her teaching certification, Tricia taught for a number of years and later became a librarian.
Tricia was a collector long before she became a quilter. She took a part-time position in a local quilt shop where her love of quilting and antique textiles soon blossomed into a new career. In 2006 she acquired quilt tops, blocks, and fabrics that had once belonged to Louetta Hoffman from her granddaughter’s garage sale. The collection inspired Tricia’s first book on quilting, Orphan Block Quilts: Making a Home for Antique, Vintage, Collectible, and Leftover Quilt Blocks, which was published in 2010 and received with great enthusiasm.
Tricia is a member of the Free Spirit Quilt Guild. Her work has been featured in McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker and Quilter’s World.
Tricia also has a blog: http://orphanquilter.blogspot.com