Taking a break from making collectible mohair bears, Chris enjoys making soft-sculptured animals like elephants, lions, dogs, giraffes and alpacas.
These animals are popular at arts and craft shows while being safe for small children.
At other times Chris finds time to make quilts just like her grandmother "except I use my long arm quilting machine to quilt them!"
Now she is teaching her sixteen year old grand-daughter the art of quilting.
"Emma has completed four quilts in the last couple of years." beams Chris.
Definitely none of her many sewing machines sit idle!
Years ago while attending a local teddy bear and doll show, a gentleman came in carrying a very tattered teddy bear that needed some serious TLC.
He stopped at my table and told me he was looking for someone to repair him.
The story was that somehow his childhood bear got outside in the rain and before he rescued it, damage had occurred.
Now the dirty old bear needed further rescuing and asked if I could “fix” him.
"I told him I had never done any restoration, but I was willing to give it a try. He trusted me with his childhood friend."
After doing some research Chris got to work. The first step was to give the dirty bear a good bath and brushing. He was missing one eye and he had worn areas on his foot and paw pads. She fixed him and was able to bring the beloved bear back to life.