Mary grew up in the Fox Valley area, where she has lived and worked all her life. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1977 along with a minor in textiles. Upon graduation, she immediately started teaching elementary art in the Kaukauna Public Schools, where she continued to teach for the following thirty-five years.
Mary has always loved working with fibers and is currently designing sewing patterns. Her love of paper piecing is evident in the hundreds of patterns she has sold. Her designs can be purchased at Quilt Essentials. Mary is enjoying teaching paper piecing skills to adults, as well as teaching classes in purse and tote bag construction.
Mary lives in Oshkosh and enjoys spending time with her two children, Brady and Jesi.