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~~~~I grew up on the western slope of Colorado and moved to New Mexico in 1953.

I began sewing at nine fashioning 4-H projects receiving ribbons for clothing at the Garfield County fair. I made many clothes and accessories during my school years.

I made my first quilt under the guidance of my mother-in-law which was an embroidered state flower and bird pattern, set together with turquoise sashing and then hand quilted.

I spent the next few years raising a family, farming and ranching and sewing as a seamstress. In 1992, I took a machine quilting class and was hooked on the process.

I joined the local quilt guild and began taking quilt classes. It was a great outlet from my hectic professional life as a Senior Systems Analyst. After retirement, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology. Then I began teaching quilt classes around New Mexico and Colorado finding a passion that still continues. My first sight of Bali Wedding Star at a Colorado quilt show sparked an interest in Judy Niemeyer’s paper piecing method because of the precision and organization. After Judy lectured and taught at our guild, I began working on Amazon Star, which I entered in the Roswell quilt show and received a first place and best of show ribbon. I am delighted to be a Judy Niemeyer Certified instructor so students have the opportunity to learn the organized techniques and processes used to create these beautiful quilts.

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Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor