Nova is a quilter and quilt historian who began quilting in 1980. Teaching since 2003, she has developed a reputation for engaging students in active learning and giving individual attention to her students as she travels and teaches nationally. Her students have often referred to her as a "Master Teacher", "The Featherweight Guru", and "The Queen of Featherweights".
Her specialty is the Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine and she teaches the nationally acclaimed Nova's Featherweight Maintenance Workshop, "A Spa Day for Your FeatherweightTM". She is the respected leader in the Featherweight industry having developed several products for use with the Singer Featherweight and copyrighted multiple items. She has also authored an article on Singer Featherweights for The American Quilter.
The relaxed style which draws her audiences into the presentation has made Nova a popular speaker with civic groups as well as quilt guilds. Nova has served on the faculty of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas multiple years. She has been selected as part of the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival for three consecutive terms, has been engaged by Texas A&M University as a guest lecturer, and selected as the featured teacher for a special event at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE.
Nova loves history and sharing her passion for quilts with audiences and workshop participants. She is currently lecturing on Those Fabulous Featherweights, A Century of Progress: The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and Its Quilt Contest, I Grew Up in a Cotton Field, and Quilting in Colonial America.