Donna started doing needlework as a child, beginning with embroidery, and moving on to knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, and counted cross-stitch, in addition to garment sewing. In 1992, while on a shopping trip with a friend, she came upon a quilt shop that offered classes, and has been quilting ever since. She enjoys working with traditional patterns and reproduction fabrics, but is always open to new ideas and techniques. Sampler quilts are her favorite projects, because of the challenge of making a variety of blocks.
As an elementary school teacher for 27 years, she instilled in her students the belief that learning does not end when one leaves the classroom, and encouraged them to become lifelong learners. She applies that philosophy to her quilting by trying to incorporate a new technique into each quilt.
Donna lives in Paoli with her husband, Joe, who supports her passion for quilting by accompanying her to shops and shows. Daughter Sarah has been the recipient of many of her mother’s projects. In her free time, Donna enjoys reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She is interested in history, particularly its connection to women’s arts such as quilting, and enjoys learning the history of blocks and patterns. She is a member of the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild and the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society.