A native of Culpeper, Virginia, I learned various needle crafts from my mother, grandmothers, and Sewing 4-H club leaders. As a young girl, I remember sitting on my grandmother’s shady back steps hand piecing Four Patches in the summertime. (The basketful of Four Patches with gargantuine running stitches is my longest running UFO!) In 1976 when the U.S.A. celebrated its bicentennial, there was a resurgence of interest in colonial crafts. That’s when the quilting bug bit me! Bed quilts, baby quilts, and wall quilts–all are of interest. I find inspiration from traditional quilt blocks and settings, but I applaud the Modern Quilt Movement as well. I enjoy the challenge of designing with parameters: challenge blocks/quilts, Jelly Roll and Layer Cake quilts, stash quilts, block swaps with friends.
Aby’s quilt designs have been published in Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers, McCall’s Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Fons & Porter’s Quick + Easy Quilts, and Quick Quilts.