In 1972, Pepper Cory saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for 5.00 and on the way home fell in love. From that moment on, she wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quilt makers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach her the art. Ever since, she has been collecting quilts, making quilts, writing books about them, designing needlework tools and sharing her love of quilting by teaching and lecturing.
For seven years (1976-1983), Pepper Cory owned a quilt shop called Culpepper's Quilts, in East Lansing, Michigan. Teaching travels have taken her to 45 of the 50 states, plus Canada, England, France, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.