Sandy is an avid quilter, enjoying all types of projects she makes for friends and family. She made her first quilt in 1989, a blue and white Ocean Waves quilt for her Mom’s birthday, which still hangs in her parent’s home today. While working full time as an engineering manager, Sandy focused on projects that could be done quickly and quilted on her long arm quilting machine herself. After taking early retirement from Hewlett Packard in 2012 after a 32-year career, Sandy had more time to begin working through her immense stash of projects and drawers of pre-cut fabric. At the urging of a friend to try something new, Sandy completed her first Quiltworx pattern, Prismatic Star, and really enjoyed Judy’s approach to paper piecing. She was truly hooked after making Summer Solstice in her first class with a Certified Instructor. As an engineer, Sandy appreciates the precise way the seemingly complex designs come together using techniques such as smart corners, and reference points. As a quilter, she loves the color selection process that enables the creation of beautiful projects from placemats to queen size quilts.
Sandy is excited to be a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor with the opportunity to share the efficient and organized method of creating the stunning Quiltworx designs. Although Sandy has been teaching quilting classes for just a few years, she has leveraged her teaching experience as a part-time faculty in the University of Idaho Engineering Management graduate program. It has been incredibly rewarding for her to see students finish their Quiltworx projects and become advocates for Judy’s foundation paper piecing approach. Her personal goal is to help quilters of all skill levels realize they can create that special Quiltworx project that may look complex but in fact “just isn’t that hard”.
Sandy is married and has one daughter. Her husband, Steve, can now identify many Quiltworx designs by name. They reside in Boise though travel extensively and can be found checking out local quilt shops. In addition to quilting, Sandy enjoys machine embroidery projects, learning to use her computerized long arm system so she can custom quilt her own Quiltworx projects, hiking, and walking their dog.