2022 Spotlight Quilter

May - Judi Gent

Tell me a little bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Judi Gent, I grew up in Webster and was the youngest of 8 children.  I had 4 brothers and 3 sisters, who sadly have all passed away.   My husband and I moved to Lyons in 1965.  I divorced in 1980’s and remarried in 2005. I have 5 sons, 7 stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  It makes a large Christmas gift list.  I love having a big close family.

How long have you been quilting?  Who taught you to quilt?

I began quilting in 2003, learning by joining a table runner of the month club at Heart and Hand in Ontario.  I enjoyed it so much I told my children; I am going to be a quilter when I retire. I have taken many quilting classes at The Village Quilt Shoppe and Jackie Lynn’s and have enjoyed every minute of it.

What do you like best about quilting?

One of the best things I like about quilting are the retreats.  You always meet so many nice people who are willing to help and share their knowledge.  Until the Covid Pandemic I vended at craft sales.  I miss that and hope to start doing them again this year.

What’s your quilting advice /mantra?

My quilting advice is to enjoy the learning process.  Your teachers may vary in their training methods since there are different techniques and ways to quilt.   No one “way” is best.  Try different variations and broaden your horizons.

Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work:

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April - Laura Smith

Tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Laura Smith and I live in Sodus with my husband, Jamie.  I was born in Alaska while my dad was in the Air Force.  My early years were spent in downstate NY, then in Virginia, then settling in Marion when I was in Middle School.  I lived in and around Marion until 7 years ago when I married Jamie.  He and I lived in Naples for a couple years, then we purchased about 70 acres and built a home in Prattsburgh.  We really wanted to be closer to Lake Ontario (he loves fishing as much as I love quilting) and have now made our way "home" to Wayne County.  Our house is small, but my husband made sure I got my one request - a room all my own for sewing!

How long have you been quilting? / Who taught you to quilt?

I learned to sew back in the 90's.  My mom and I took a "Beginners Quilting" class and I loved it!  My mom passed away shortly after that and my love for sewing went away too.  About 5 years ago, my mother-in-law gifted me a beautiful machine.  She really encouraged me to use it and invited me to a retreat.  I had such a great time and made some potholders and basic placemats.  I really loved the quilts that Judi made and was inspired by all the beautiful items I saw created.  But it wasn't until I started visiting The Village Quilt Shoppe about a year ago that it clicked with me.  I took one class and was hooked!  Now I spend every second of my spare time in my sewing room.  I've made bags, table runners, placemats, quilts, and have developed a love for handwork as well!  The possibilities are truly endless, and I love every new thing I discover.

What do you like best about quilting?

If I had to pick one thing that I like best about quilting, it would be the friendships.  I love picking a pattern, choosing fabrics, watching the project take form, and admiring the final piece.  But better than all of that are the friendships.  There's a sisterhood in the quilting/sewing community.  We've got a common interest right from the start and it's so easy to be together.  I've met so many great people and look forward to seeing who I will spend time with as I arrive for each class.  You are all fantastic and I love being a part of this amazing group.

What’s your quilting advice /mantra?

My advice about quilting is to just relax.  Enjoy the quiet time.  Enjoy the creative process.  Enjoy the result.  Enjoy the smiles on faces of people you give pieces to.  Enjoy knowing that you are contributing to a worthwhile organization with your donated pieces.  Enjoy the friendships and laughter.  I have never seen a piece that wasn't absolutely beautiful, just like its' creator.

Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work:

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March - Cheryl Bond

Tell me a little bit about yourself?

When I was 11, my family moved to Fairport from Cleveland, Ohio.  I went to college at Monroe Community College and started my working career at Bausch and Lomb, as a chemical technician in the Solens Research Labs.  Three years later, I started my 37 year career at Xerox Corporation, supporting engineering and technical activities there as a mechanical/chemical technician.  I have been married for 41 years to my husband, Bob.  We have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and one grandson.  

How long have you been quilting?

I have been quilting for 29 years and took my first class when my youngest son was just 2 years old.

Who taught you to quilt?

I took my first class through the Fairport BOCES Adult education program.  This first class was located at Martha Brown Middle School, in the same room where I took Home Economics classes during 7th and 8th grade.   I can’t remember the instructor’s name, but she was wonderful teacher and taught us so much.  Our first project was hand piecing and hand quilting a Trip Around the World quilt block to make a pillow.  Then she went on to show us other quilt blocks which were used to make a table runner.  Like so many other Rochester area quilters, I followed up this first quilting adventure by taking both of Suzy Payne’s sampler quilt classes at Patricia’s.

What do you like best about quilting?

I love evaluating quilt designs, then deciding on colors and fabrics for that special quilt.  A plus to the quilt selection process can include learning a new quilting technique or skill.  Best of all are all the friendships that I have made through quilting!

What’s your quilting advice /mantra?

Since I have spent so many years working in a laboratory environment, I like to view each quilt project as an experiment.  Sometimes the “results” of these experiments do not always come out as expected, but I always seem to learn something new about quilting and myself. 

Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work:

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February - Celia Mire

Celia, Tell me a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY. I lived in the city on Bloss Street and went to St. Anthony of Padua elementary school and graduated from Nazareth Academy.  When my parents moved to Gates Chili I decided to venture out on my own and moved to Sunrise, Florida.  There I met my husband Jerry and had my son, Sean.  I remained in Florida until 2 years ago returning to Rochester.

How long have you been quilting?

I became interested in quilting approximately 20 years ago when Jerry and I bought our second home in Loxahatchee, Fl . Our home was near a quilt shop, Suzanne's. I ventured in one day and was hooked!  

Who taught you to quilt?

My mom, Sarina, sewed our clothes when I was young, so I did have some sewing experience.  This made my transition to quilting fairly easy.  I also sewed Sean's clothes when he was a baby with the help from my mom.  I miss those days of sewing, laughing and just having fun on our "sew days". 

What do you like best about quilting?

Quilting is nonstress and very relaxing for me.  I am pleased with the end results and love making lots of projects for my family and relatives.

What's your quilting advice /mantra?

 My quilting advice is to take it slow and enjoy what you are making. Your quilting perfection will shine through.  There are no quilt police in my home, and I thoroughly enjoy what I am making.  I do belong to Quilts for Kids and enjoy making quilts for their organization.   Especially when I get a card with a picture in the mail of a child who was the recipient of one my quilts.  It puts a smile on my face to know I made a child happy.

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January - Jane Beamish

Jane, Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m so excited to be teaching at The Village Quilt Shoppe. I’ve been a Webster resident for 22 years now; my husband and I moved here right after our wedding. We raised/are raising two daughters, now both in college. For 32 years I worked as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in K-12 schools. I retired in 2020, but then moved into the Preschool Services world- same job, smaller kids.  My husband is a retired music educator who continues to work as a musician. I spend lots of weekends at his gigs.

How long have you been quilting?
My first quilting project was (gasp) 47 years ago- a Sunbonnet Sue pillow made with my 4-H club. That was the first and last item I ever hand quilted. My first quilt made as an adult was a little primary color/cat and dog theme quilt made for my first baby, who is now 20.  Garment and home sewing eventually gave way to quilting, which has been my main sewing occupation for about 10 years now.

Who taught you to quilt?
I’ve taken lots of classes.  I’ve taken in-person classes at fabric stores and quilt shows, plus on-line classes. I’ve also checked tons of books out of the library and watched many many tutorials online. I like in-person classes best.

What do you like best about quilting?
I love the variety of quilting. I love that two people can make the same pattern, but their fabric choices make each one dynamic. I love the variety of techniques.  My favorites are the two forms of paper piecing- Foundation Paper Piecing and English Paper Piecing. I enjoy appliqué and am looking forward to starting the wool projects I have.  I have a huge list of quilt "wannamakes"!

What's your quilting advice /mantra?
Quilting should be enjoyable.  I think I've said “It’ll be fine!” about a thousand times, both when teaching classes and figuring out problems in my own sewing space. In my classes, students know that mistakes are just opportunities for learning.  We aren’t dealing with life and death; just fabric and thread.  This is a hobby for most of us, so let’s keep it fun.

 

Living room quilt
cardinal runner
hawaiian pineapple
Tea Party
Tiny Jewel
EPP Cardinal trivets
Allie's quilt
Sunbonnet Sue