Cynthia Collier | Email
Cynthia Collier is an award-winning quiltmaker as well as an antique quilt collector, teacher and pattern designer. She found her passion for quilting in 1986 after taking a sampler class and learning the basics from seasoned quilters in rural Tennessee. Upon returning to her hometown of Houston, Texas over twenty years ago, she learned to make Baltimore Album quilts and has specialized in making those, as well as pieced quilts in the 1830s medallion style of a decade earlier. Cynthia’s quilts have been exhibited in the Houston International Quilt Festival for the last several years as well as IQF shows in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and now Chicago. Her quilt, “Grace’s Wedding Quilt”, traveled with the Special Exhibit “Baltimore Album Revival ll” and in 2010 was exhibited in the Open European Quilt Championship in Konengshof in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. More recently her quilts have had the privilege of being exhibited in the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas.
Cynthia is also a textile artist and has exhibited her work in galleries in Colorado and Texas. She continues to have a passion for designing these original works and framing them in vintage frames. It is her hope that the viewer will look through the window and be taken back in time to a walk in the woods or a respite in the garden and feel as refreshed and peaceful as they did that first time they were there.
She enjoys teaching these original designs at Painted Pony n’ Quilts in LaPorte, Texas, as well as teaching her first love, broderie perse and papercut blocks for Baltimore Album quilts. Cynthia has done several trunk shows of her quilts for guilds and groups in the Houston area and loves sharing her quilts and techniques with others.
Cynthia believes her strengths lie in fabric and pattern selection and pairing both to create a quilt that “reads” traditional while incorporating today’s beautiful, more contemporary fabrics, such as batiks. Her classroom is structured for learning new techniques, quilt history of the subject at hand, and developing the student’s individual creative stamp on their own work. She wants a quilter who takes her class to go home realizing they are an artist!