Sandy can’t remember a time when sewing and art haven’t been a part of her life. Her mother taught her how to sew at an early age. She started and never stopped. By high school, she was making her own clothes. Then came the cards. Sandy likes to give everything a personal touch so she abandoned the card aisle at the store and started making her own. Family and friends’ birthday were celebrated with handmade cards. "An A in art class doesn’t make you an artist," warned her high school counselor. In 1988 she set out to prove him wrong and started a greeting card company, My Dream Designs. This allowed her to share her love of art and designs…to share a little piece of herself.
In 1992, she combined her love for art with her passion for sewing into a quilt pattern company, Pieces From My Heart. Her patterns were a hit! At her very first international Quilt Market – St. Louis in 1994 – she was discovered by Moda Fabrics. Over fifteen years and countless fabric lines later, she is thrilled to still design for Moda. And those handmade cards thirty years ago? One of them made its way into the hands of Bruce, the man who would one day be her husband. They reside in Algona, Iowa and have two grown children, Anthony and Abby.