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I began quilting as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis. I was a dressmaker at the time
and needed bits and pieces to carry with me. What a gift! Once I was through all of the treatment, I quit my job and started my life as a quilter at Queen Anne’s Lace in Kissimmmee FL. in 1994. Developing classes and teaching soon turned into quilt and pattern design, Itza Lulu Designs was born. I have traveled and taught ever since, working my way up the east coast to return to Whitesboro, NY, my hometown. My patterns are now published through Cut Loose Press and my home base is the beautiful Tiger Lily Quilt Co in Utica, NY . My quilting philosophy is this: if I can do this, ANYONE can!
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Rebecca Lamont grew up on a thriving apple farm with an entrepreneurial father and a mother who enjoyed sharing her Home Ec teaching experience. Destined to spend years in 4-H honing her baking and sewing skills, Rebecca began her own teaching career as a teenager, demonstrating quilting at the New York State Fair. She pursued her interest in quilting over the years, buying fabric, taking classes, buying fabric, working in a quilt store, buying fabric and, eventually, teaching classes. Finding quilting to be a smashing excuse for collecting all the fore-mentioned fabric, Rebecca continues to enjoy taking classes with talented teachers, creating quilts, and sharing her knowledge with others. Having acquired an actual teaching degree along the way, Rebecca strives to find or develop intriguing quilt patterns and to create a classroom environment where quilt making is clear, interesting, and above all else, FUN!
I have loved quilts since my Aunt Dot gave her nieces and nephews each a scrap quilt one Christmas. I don't remember the front of the quilt at all but I loved the strawberry print on the back. That quilt and my wonderful aunt started me down a lifelong path devoted to quilt making. In 1976 I made my first quilt, a grandmother's flower garden that was completely stitched and quilted by hand. The joints were bad, the colors pretty awful, the fabrics weren't necessarily all cotton, and the quilting stitches were big enough to snag your toe on. Truth be told it was pretty ugly, but it didn't matter because I loved it, used it and washed it to shreds over time. Since then I've made hundreds of quilts, and I don't see any signs of stopping in the near future. The only thing bigger than my passion for quilts is my passion for sharing the gratification that comes from taking big pieces of fabric and chopping them up into little pieces of fabric and turning around and reassembling them into big pieces of fabric that soon become a quilt to keep someone warm or to hang on the wall.
With a passion for sewing, design, quilting and instruction, in 1988 Wenda Coburn started Just For Ewe Sewing, providing a variety of services from traditional tailoring to custom quilt making. Enthusiastic about helping others to experience the joys of sewing, she began teaching sewing & quilting techniques in 1998. In 2004, she became a certified Square in a Square® instructor and product distributor. In 2007, she earned Square in a Square® Diamond Certification. In June 2007, Wenda was published in the book "Moving on with Diamonds." Wanting to finish quilts herself, she learned easy machine quilting techniques that gave a beautiful finish. "Quilting with training wheels" became a signature saying used in many of her popular Machine Quilting classes. This class led to a development of Quilt-As-U-Go! Techniques, quilts, & workshops. In 2008, she began teaching how to quilt on a Short-Arm machine & quilting frame, offering resources and tools for these home quilters. In 2009, Wenda published Short Arm Machine Quilting. In 2010 and 2011, Wenda was published in the Quilter Magazine with articles on Short Arm Machine Quilting.
Wenda currently works as a Long Arm Quilter/Quilting Educator in her Liverpool, NY home (when not on cycling adventures!) Wenda's patient & encouraging teaching style inspires quilters to become successful quilters.
I am from New York Mills, NY, but didn't see a sewing machine until home economics in high school. I have been making clothes since high school (a very long time ago). I made my first quilt in 2004 and it was love at first stitch. I have been teaching in local quilt shops since 2006. I have a secret addiction to One Block Wonders (OBW), I just finished #59. The Virginia Quilt Museum asked me if they could include one of my One Block Wonders in their exhibit "Getting Hexed" in 2013. I then made and donated a OBW I call "Inside the Twister" based on The Wizard of Oz. I make custom embroidered quilts labels for quilters and enjoy quilting my family's history using my embroidery machine.
I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design in 2013. I offer classes using all of Deb Tuckers Studio 180 Design Tools. I guess my quilting style would be called traditional with a twist! You can view my quilts at www.ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com.