Eileen Urbanek is a quilting instructor from the State of Texas. She has been teaching for shops and guilds in the areas around Dallas and beyond for the last eight years. You can find her teaching at least once a month at Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX. She is also available to do trunk shows and lectures for quilt guilds, having given the lecture “Get Re-Excited” to many guilds in her area in recent years.
She first became interested in Judy’s patterns when she realized how organized the sewing process. Perhaps best spoken in her own words, she says, “I am always thinking of how to do things easier, quicker, smarter, etc, and with Judy’s technique it is evident that she works that way also. I “got” her technique right from the beginning and had a hard time putting the project down.” Her first project with Judy was the Amazon Star in the summer of 2009, which she finished in two weeks, and has been completing project after project ever since! Being and instructor herself, she sees quilts the way Judy sees them. As she makes the project, she works through how it should be taught to students. With every finished project, she has a plan for passing it along to others so they can learn to do it as well.
Although she is perhaps the newest instructor to Judy’s projects, her teaching background is strong, her understanding of Judy’s techniques is spot on, and her interest and excitement for sharing the information with others is energizing.
Texas is an area of the United States where Judy is well-known and in high demand. She teaches there often more than once a year and will continue to booked in the region for many years to come. Despite this, the demand is still high and she just can’t get on everyone’s schedules. She has also had to require that teaching events requiring travel book a minimum of 3-days teaching, with plans in the near future to move this to 5-days. In her position as a local instructor, Eileen herself is well aware that even with Judy’s frequency of visits, there are many people who simply can’t get signed up because the classes book immediately and years in advance. We are thankful to have someone on our team of instructors to help us serve Texas better in the future, as well as the surrounding region. She is also available for teaching across the United States as she has recently retired from her career at IBM.