Connie inherited her love of fabrics and textiles from her mother. She began sewing in 4-H at age 8 and started quilting in the late 1970s. Her first quilt was a 9-patch snowball block design, and Connie’s quilting journey began. Through the years, Connie has taken many classes, pieced a variety of quilts, and learned different techniques.
Over 20 years ago, Connie took a class from internationally known designer Judy Niemeyer at Material Girl in Grand Island. Connie had tried paper piecing before, but she wasn’t satisfied with the process. The class was a revelation with Judy’s method of using paper templates to cut fabric and organizational tips for every step of the way. Using these techniques, even a difficult-looking quilt became much easier.
Connie began teaching Judy Niemeyer paper piecing patterns six years ago. She became a Certified Instructor for Quiltworx in 2015. As a Certified Instructor, she is excited to share Judy’s techniques with beginners who have never paper pieced before as well as experienced piecers who have used other techniques.
Connie’s love of fabrics has continued as well. They speak to her, and she finds unexpected ways to use today’s extraordinary fabrics and colors in her quilts. Connie also loves to add fussy cutting to some of her quilts, which enhances Judy’s designs even more.
Connie enjoys the wonderful experience of making friends and the fellowship that quilting offers, and so her journey continues. Are you ready to begin your journey to make a quilt of your dreams? Connie can guide you.