Fern grew up surrounded by sewing, textiles and quilts. Her maternal grandmother bought her and her sisters a treadle sewing machine for $12.50 when she was 10 and she has been sewing ever since.
However, she did not begin quilting until 1995, taking classes from local quilt teachers including Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta. Her quilting style has, and continues to be, heavily influenced by the books and work of Gwen Marston.
Catherine and Fern met while working on a raffle quilt for their childrens’ school, John Muir Elementary in Berkeley, CA. Their kids have long since finished grammar school but their friendship and quilting continues.