As a national and international quilt teacher and designer, Connie is known for strong contrast in her color selections, and a wide variety of designs and techniques. "I loved to color with crayons as a child. Now I color with fabric." Her quilts have appeared in Quilter's World and Quilter's Newsletter. She also had quilts in two multi-designer books from House of White Birches.
Teaching has taken Connie to over 10 states, including many places around the Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Kansas areas, and as far away as Monterrey Mexico.
Since moving to Louisiana, she has taught in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida and North Carolina. Connie has taught at local quilt guilds, local and regional EGA meetings, local ANG meetings, and is currently a GSQA (Gulf States Quilting Association) circuit teacher. She also taught for 8 years at the National Counted Cross Stitch show at Rockome Gardens, Arcola IL.
Connie made her first quilt about 50 years ago. She caught the "bug" long before it became so popular. Connie taught and made commission quilts for several years. The year after her husband died, she opened a quilt and cross stitch shop (Quilt N Stitch) in St Louis MO which she owned for 12 years. Connie and her employees taught a lot of classes, many of which were their own designs. She began to publish these designs in pattern and book form. Connie also purchased a separate counted cross stitch shop and designed and taught in that area of needlework, too.
In early fall 2004 Connie closed both shops and moved to the Baton Rouge area. She has continued to teach and design patterns for both quilting and counted cross stitch, focusing more recently on quilting. Since there is a quilt shop in Louisiana named Quilt N Stitch, and because she had already been publishing cross stitch patterns under the name Butterfly Stitches, Connie decided to rename all her quilting and cross stitch designs under the same name, that is, Butterfly Stitches.
Connie lives in Denham Springs Louisiana with her two cats. She is willing to travel, so if you are interested in having her teach in your area, please contact her.
Currently Butterfly Stitches quilt patterns are available in various quilt shops and on this website.