Sewing has appealed to me since I was very small. I took a sewing class in summer school in High School, and my father promised me a new sewing machine if I got an “A”. With report card in hand, I proudly showed my achievement and received a new top-of-the-line Kenmore machine that afternoon! I got into sewing because I loved to run the machine. Now, many years later, I still love machine work, but find I spend more of my time doing complex hand appliqué. As I am a problem solver by nature, I have discovered many ways to do things in appliqué to simplify the techniques or to achieve specific results. I am very eager to share these tips and tricks with my students.
My classroom time is structured, organized and usually on schedule. I have many things to share and want to be sure to get them all covered. I am prepared with supplies the students will need, samples to demonstrate the techniques and other needs (like chocolate!!) Even though I try to fit a lot of content into the class, we will have time to sew. I like the atmosphere to be encouraging and supportive and I get great pleasure out of students understanding a new process.
In 2005 I was one of the Guest Artist’s in Residence at the Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy in Williamsburg, VA. This Feb. (2010) will be my fifth as a full conference teacher. I also taught at the AQS Nashville Show in August 2006, May 2007 TAS Conference in Tampa, FL and Fall 2007, 2008 and 2009 Applique by the Bay in Lewes, DE.
My work has been juried into the Houston Quilt Festival and AQS show in Paducah, as well as included in several special Baltimore Album exhibits (Houston, Chicago and Nashua NH). An early quilt was featured on the cover of Issue #187 of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and a recent work pictured in the Premier Issue of $100,00 Quilting Challenge magazine. On page 37, Angel in upper left photo as well as the top block on the quilt and left side block, was made as a commission piece for Maggie Walker.
I am currently hand quilting my third, 25 block Baltimore Album style quilt. I participate in the Baltimore Quiltlist on yahoogroups.com, and shared tips and suggestions for each block of the D.A.R. Museum’s Mary Simon patterns as I made them. I designed an original appliqué border to compliment the blocks, and am hoping to finish the quilting in time for the special Baltimore contest in Houston in 2010.
October 2008 I will return to Kerry, Ireland for the third year, teaching at a private appliqué retreat. I can now official claim “international” teacher status!
My quilt Mary Simon Rediscovered received The Founder's Award at the International Quilt Association Festival in Houston, TX in 2010 and the Best Hand Workmanship Award at the American Quilt Society Show in Lancaster, PA in 2011.
I am grateful for all the wonderful friends and new experiences I have enjoyed through my quilting. Perhaps we will meet in an upcoming class?