I grew up sewing with my Mom and entering clothing items at our county and state fairs.
But sewing wasn’t something I continued after I married, until one summer’s art fair…
A lady was displaying table runners, art quilts and lap quilts. Her work brought back
memories of my Grandmother’s quilts and my Mom telling me how she’d sit under the big
quilt frame while her Mom and Grandmother stitched together with their friends and neighbors.
It made me consider trying my hand. So I went home to my little traveler-sized machine and
created a Frank Lloyd Wright-style table topper out of my own head. I still have that awkward
little thing on top of my washer and smile thinking back to that being my start. My husband
Dave bought a Janome for me in 2007 and since then I have pieced more than 100 quilts (honestly
I’ve lost count, having given most to friends, family and charities). I have quilted many myself
starting with in-the-ditch, echoing and free motion. I have won several blue ribbons and even
People’s Choice, Committee’s Choice, Award of Merit at a State level show, and been juried into
Quilt Expo at Madison, Wisconsin. I have also been a lecturer at Quilt Expo and local guilds
presenting antique quilts and talking about fabrics, patterns and quilt history.
Dave is also a quilter now after telling me piecing is like woodworking with fabric. He’s always been intrigued by the longarm machines and would hang out asking questions and crawling under them at Quilt Expo. He determined we should get our own Gammill, and so our quilting studio was born!
Because I value my own 4-H experience, I hope to work with 4-Hers and other beginning quilters. I’d love to provide creative inspiration to your projects and will assist however I can. Quilting isn’t a solo sport, it’s best shared and nurtured with others. So call to arrange an appointment to visit us in our beautiful country location midway between New Glarus / Mineral Point / Dodgeville / Mt. Horeb. We’re roughly 15 miles from everywhere!
Dave and Andrea
Andrea and Dad Roger (Quilt of Valor)
Sample quilt top on the longarm frame
Discussing antique fabrics, dyes and quilt patterns at Quilt Expo in Madison as part of "Threaded Memoirs from the Late 1800s and Early 1900s".