Criss learnt to sew at a very young age along with her sister Mandy, Criss was 4 and Mandy was 5 when they were given a Singer treadle machine. The machine took pride of place between their beds and Criss' fondest childhood memories are sewing together the little pieces of left over fabric her mother would give them after she had finished making the children’s clothes. She remembers squabbling with Mandy for her turn on the machine, and the day Mandy sewed through her finger.
Criss has a level 4 in Leisure and Lifestyle and An Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services. As a Day Centre coordinator for the vision impaired and then more recently Activities Coordinator at a retirement village in Warrnambool, she has been organising and running crafts and activities for groups of people for many years.
Over the past 20years Criss has been responsible for planning and implementing programs for people with disabilities and the aged. Amongst other things she has been responsible for coordinated outings, activities, entertainment and many different craft programs.
Criss left work to follow her dream of running a home based business. She has been totally smitten by the whole concept of quilting and is fascinated by the diverse history and versatility of this amazing craft. Criss and her husband Glenn have a collection of antique sewing machines and love to find old machines and get them sewing again.