~~~~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. I have been teaching for 20 years for guilds and groups around New Mexico and Colorado, at three of the local quilt shops in the Albuquerque area, at my church and where I also oversee an annual quilt-in for over 100 quilters, and at a semi-annual retreat held in the mountains north of Albuquerque. My husband Jim joins me as I travel to classes. My other interests include making bobbin lace, creating stained glass pieces, playing the hammered dulcimer and I have just taken up Japanese weaving on a Takadai.
Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor