Nancy has had a passion for Sewing as well as Art since she was very young. She made her first shirt at the age of 11, then took sewing classes throughout High School and made many of the popular clothes. She also had a talent for Art and became the Staff Artist in her High School.
She got married just after High School and had four children before she was 28. Her sewing expertise paid off as she was able to make most of her children’s clothing, including jeans with rivets for her son — the only jeans he would wear because he was so skinny, they fit him better! At age 35 she started a wedding dress and alterations business, and could sketch out the dress from the direction of the bride, then put together the fabric and design to create their dream dress. All of her designs were one of a kind! Later she managed stores for Singer, Viking, and White sewing machines, and gained valuable experience teaching sewing and machine maintenance classes.
During this time the first home computer came out and she taught herself how to draw using DOS on one of the two they had for home use.
As her kids grew older she decided to become a Real Estate Agent, and was named Rookie of the Year by the Ogden Board of Realtors. Five years later she obtained her broker license. She gained valuable marketing experience as a Realtor, but her passion was still in Sewing and Art — so with her children getting married moving away she took advantage of the time and spent 5 years visiting well known artists throughout the country to take painting lessons. She was commissioned to do paintings for a number of local individuals, and eventually taught painting classes at the local high school through the adult education program.
After feeling like she needed to go back to work full time she purchased a long arm quilting machine, and using her sewing and marketing skills her business took off. She quickly found out it was difficult to find unique patterns for her quilts. She called Dave Kappa of Gammill to see if he knew a designer that had a design she was looking for, and he encouraged her to design her own. Using her art skills she quickly learned a CAD program, and did her first pattern — “Hearts One”. She joined a small quilting group, (Sue McCarty, Diane Jaeger, Kaylene Parry, and JoLynn Dickamore), and after showing them some of her patterns they encouraged her to publish and sell them. After a year and a half of designing a website and tons of advice and encouragement from Sue McCarty, she published her first 100 patterns and started Wasatch Quilting Website in October 2011. She continues to quilt for her local customers, but her heart is in design!