Quilting began for me in 1999 and teaching in 2003. Focusing mainly on beginning quilters, I moved from hand piecing/quilting to machine piecing. I have been very fortunate to begin teaching beginners at International Quilt Festival in 2009. In 2012 I became a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting. My teaching takes me from my home area of Stafford / Missouri City / Sugar Land, Texas to Bryan / College Station, Texas, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Wyoming (city) and Traverse City, Michigan. Guild lectures and workshops in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Michigan, and Florida round out my teaching experience. My teaching schedule / calendar can be found on my website, jkmquilting.com (click the “calendar” tab). Teaching became a full time endeavor in August, 2014, when I retired from “my day job.” I am passionate about teaching and love helping students to “find their rhythm” (paper piecing).
During the span of my quilting career I have had the opportunity to learn from renowned instructors / designers including Jan Krentz, Judy Niemeyer, Joen Wolfrom, Gail Garber, Gloria Loughman, Judy Mathieson, Jacqueline de Jonge, and Helen Frost. Becoming a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting in 2012 focused my teaching to mainly paper piecing “the Judy way,” some traditional piecing techniques, and color theory.
In 2011 / 2012 quilt show season I was fortunate to have my Hawaiian Star (Judy and Bradley Niemeyer design) accepted into multiple international and national shows, including AQS shows in Knoxville and Grand Rapids, IQA’s International Quilt Festival in Houston, NQA show in Columbus, Ohio, Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon, the California State Fair (First in Class and Best of Division), and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Judge’s Choice, First in Class, and Best of Division).
In 2013 my “Borders Bonanza” quilt was recognized as Best of Show in the 3rd Annual Uptown Blanco Quilt Show (Texas Hill Country). Additionally, annual donation quilts have raised over $25,000 for the five military service academies, local churches, and the Blanco County Library.
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