Roberta began her sewing career at the age of ten when she learned to make clothes for her dolls. She continued her study of textiles through her B.S. degree in Home Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. After five years of public high school teaching, Roberta retired and began her second career as a quiltmaker.
Combining her love of fabric with her love of teaching, Roberta taught the first state-accredited class in quiltmaking in California in 1973. Her personal goal was to teach, and eventually to write, disclosing what she had discovered about quiltmaking. This passion has taken Roberta to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, England, France, Belgium, and South Africa as well as across the United States. Whenever possible, Roberta has delved into the history of fabric and tracked down quilts and their makers, broadening her own knowledge and understanding of the wonderful world of quilts.
Roberta's work has appeared in numerous quilt magazines and books. She designs fabric for Fasco/Fabric Sales of Seattle and was selected as one of the 88 most influential quiltmakers in the world by Nihon Vogue, publisher of Quilts Japan.