Peggy J. Barkle was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended high school in San Francisco and studied interior design in college.
She met her husband, Ken, in 1979, and they were married in Carmel, California, in 1981. It was a beautiful place to start a life together, and they doubled their pleasure when twins Ryan and Katie were born in 1984. Peggy decided to leave the corporate world to stay home and raise the children, but soon she was looking for relief from the endless bottles, diapers, and dishes that came along with being a young wife and mother.
She loved her kids more than anything and wouldn't have traded a minute with them, but at the end of the day, she needed to be able to look at and touch something that defined her as a person and not just a wife and mother. By the time she ran across a PBS series on quilting hosted by Eleanor Burns, she had run through every craft know to man, but when she put fabric between her fingers, the search was over. She was hooked, she was home!
She began teaching in 1995 at a local quilt shop and area guilds. Her favorite students are the beginners, wide-eyed and eager. She has a room full of yardage and a brain full of ideas. She could not imagine doing anything else and considers being able to share what she loves an unbelievable blessing.
The family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995, after a brief stay in Arkansas. The kids are grown now, and fortunately so has Peggy's fabric stash. For more tips on quilting, see Peggy's website peggybarkle.com.
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