I have been a quiltmaker since 1972 when I saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for $1.00, and on the way home fell in love! From that moment I wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quiltmakers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach me the art. Ever since I’ve been collecting quilts, making quilts myself, writing books about them, designing needlework tools, and sharing my love of quilting by teaching and lecturing.
For seven years (1976–1983) I owned a quilt shop called Culpepper’s Quilts in East Lansing, Michigan. Teaching travels have taken me to 47 of the 50 states, Canada, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.
I’ve written articles that have appeared in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Traditional Quiltworks, American Patchwork & Quilting, the FabShop magazine, and Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts.
Seven books so far:
Quilting Designs from the Amish
Quilting Designs from Antique Quilts
Crosspatch (re-issued by Dover as Multi-Block Quilts)
Happy Trails (re-issued by Dover as 65 Drunkard’s Path Variations)
Co-authored The Signature Quilt with Susan McKelvey
Mastering Quilt Marking
The Pepper Cory Quilting Pattern Collection
I’ve designed numerous lines of stencils for marking quilts as well as painting stencils for home decorating and these are manufactured by StenSource International.
My foundation piecing stencils are by Graphic Impressions, and charm quilt and Drunkard’s Path templates by Wright’s.
Since the fall of 2000 I have been designing cotton prints, first for Michael Miller Fabrics and then for Telegraph Road Studio.
What do I do when I’m not quilting? I read history and poetry, go to Curves, collect odd things like anodized aluminum ware from the 50s, and walk on the beach picking up shells. In 1996 my husband Rod and I moved to North Carolina. We love the beauty of our coastal home and share our house with two lucky cats who double as doorstops, bookends, and quilt testers.