2021 spotlight quilters

April - Nancy Lewis

Nancy grew up on a farm in Lyons, NY and started out in 4H learning how to sew at age 8 or 9 and has sewed ever since.  She made most of her clothes as a child and young adult as she was very petite, and stores did not sell clothes to fit her.  She was excited when petite clothes showed up and quickly turned to quilting.  Nancy has not looked back except for the occasional Halloween costume for the grandkids.  The first quilting class she took was at Betty Means shop in Webster in 1970.  For her second project she made a queen size quilt!  She has taken many classes over the years and her favorite style is appliqué.  It is slow, peaceful, and relaxing.  She also loves to hand quilt.  Nancy’s favorite thing about quilting is finishing a quilt/project.  In fact, she spent the pandemic finishing 15 unfinished projects.  Her next goal is to take scraps of fabric from all her past projects and make a baby block pattern quilt for each of her four children.   Nancy’s advice for new quilters is to try classes for all different types of quilting and she emphasize practicing how to use color to your advantage in projects.  Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work


March - Audrey Pantas.

Audrey is a Rochester area native and married with two grown sons.   She is retired from a long career at Xerox in information technology and technical service.  Audrey has been sewing all her life and learned to hand sew quilts in 1980.  It was all hand stitching, templates, and scissors!  She still has the sampler made in her first class - though very worn and faded.  Her sewing was put on hiatus while she worked, and her boys were growing up.  Her first purchase after retiring was a quilting sewing machine.  She took many local classes to learn and improve her quilting skills.  Audrey’s goal in 2020 was to become more creative, design modern quilts, work "off pattern" and continue to learn new skills.  When I asked Audrey what she loves most about quilting she stated “ I love most aspects of quilting but especially love seeing the quilt come together.  I find it calming to sew all those little pieces into a finished project!  The most rewarding part of quilting is giving the gift of a quilt to someone that truly loves it!  The quilting community is wonderful.  I have made many new friends and learned from so many through quilting.  ”  Audrey’s advice to others:

(1) learn the basics - cut accurately, master the 1/4" seam

(2)  Challenge yourself - take classes and learn from others

(3)  Join a guild to be part of the community

(4)  Enjoy!

Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work.


February - Mary Merritt.

Mary is a retired real estate agent and has been quilting for 12 years.  She has been sewing since she was a child and had been interested in quilting for quite a while. Mary started taking classes at Scarlet Thread in Webster and The Quilting Bee in Sodus and quickly had the quilting bug.  She loves learning new techniques and trying new tools.  Mary finds quilting relaxing and she loves to see how the different colors and shapes go together to form the completed project.   She loves the camaraderie of sewing with friends. They are a big help when something is not going right and also share lots of creativity and ideas. Mary’s advice to quilters is to make sure you read all the instructions carefully, label your cuts and have fun!  Here are some of Mary’s lovely creations:


January - Sam Brzoza.

Sam and her husband live in Webster and she is a professor of nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College.  She has been quilting for thirteen years.  Sam’s introduction to quilting was from a class at Scarlet Thread (which was also located in the village of Webster) called Quilting for Dummies taught by Monique Barnes.  She loves the creativity of quilting; the cutting of the fabric and working with the patterns to create the quilt.  For Sam quilting is a great outlet!  Sam’s advice is to make sure you have the right equipment before you start a project.  Here are some of her beautiful projects: