I love teaching applique! And the feedback I receive from my students inspires me to keep doing it. I've made it my mission to make sure quilters and needleworkers of all kinds learn just how easy and fun appliqué really is when it is not complicated by all kinds of extraneous tools and steps. If you have tried appliqué but not been happy with your results, or think it is just too hard, or you've been afraid to try because people around you have made you think it is hard, then I hope you will seriously consider taking a class from me. Whether you are brand new to quilting, or have been quilting for years, I am confident I can teach you what you need to make appliqué fun and easy!
In 1991 my sister, Janice Lee Baehr, and I formed Pacific Rim Quilt Company to sell our Hawaiian quilt patterns and promote Hawaiian Quilting. Together we produced three distinct lines of appliqué quilt patterns that I draw from in the classes I teach (available for purchase from the Shop button above).
While my sister and I sold Pacific Rim Quilt Company in 2015, I continue to work closely with the new owners, travel to teach wherever I'm invited, and design new quilt patterns.
My specialty is stress-free needleturn appliqué. I put students directly in touch with their needle, thread, and fabric. I show how incredibly easy appliqué is without the use of freezer paper, toothpicks, starch, cardboard, back-basting, ironing, or interfacing -- all things that needlessly complicate what is otherwise a very simple process.
I've been teaching needleturn appliqué and Hawaiian quiltmaking since 1982. I receive rave reviews wherever I teach, including on the internet as an instructor at Academy of Quilting. After taking a class from me, beginners and experts agree that appliqué is not only possible, but positively addicting!
I've taught needleturn appliqué and hand quilting to thousands of quilters across the United States and Canada. If you are looking for a speaker or teacher for your shop, quilt guild or quilting event please contact me today to get added to my schedule.