Baltimore on the Prairie 2021
Five immensely talented teachers make up the 2021 faculty, two of them teaching as a team, encompassing a variety of techniques. Broderie perse, needleturn applique, prepared edge applique, fused applique, wool applique, dimensional flowers, and embroidery are just a few of the Session's highlights.
Barbara Robertson Carper is an accomplished quilter and professional educator. She began sewing as a child, happily making doll clothes by hand or on her mother's portable Singer sewing machine. Before she was 5 years old, Barbara learned to embroider and in first grade, she was asked to exhibit samples of her work on a class bulletin board. In high school, she made her first full-size quilt top, cross stitched on a stamped Paragon pattern.
A forty year career in education followed Barbara's college and graduate work. In addition to teaching on the high school and college levels, Barbara traveled extensively, often organizing and leading students on trips throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. During those years Barbara dabbled in various forms of needlework--needlepoint, crochet, knitting, flag making, and quilting.
In 2006, she met and fell in love with Bill Carper, a retired businessman who lives in Charles City, VA. They married in 2008, and Barbara moved to an idyllic spot on the historic James River, not far from Williamsburg. While her husband refers to their location as nirvana, she calls it the boondocks, noting that there are few neighbors and that the closest grocery is 25 minutes away. The nearest quilt shop, well....
A friend who attended The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy for many years suggested that Barbara enroll in the academy in order to meet local needlewomen. There, she was introduced to appliqué and Baltimore album quilts. Barbara describes her first days at the Academy as intimidating, but the teachers she met quickly put her at ease, and the friends she made welcomed her to their weekly Glory Bee. "If those ladies had been bank robbers, I would have been one too. Fortunately, they were appliquéers." Barbara continues to sew with them every Friday. In 2012 she returned to the Academy as a classroom helper. Teacher Evelyn Crovo-Hall became her mentor and friend, introducing her to prepared edge appliqué. In 2017, Barbara joined the faculty of Barbara Blanton's Academy of Appliqué in Historic Williamsburg. Barbara has been a member of the Richmond Quilters' Guild since 1998 and a member of the Embroiders' Guild of America since 2016.
Patty Harants has been quilting for over 25 years and applique is her passion. She is a teacher, fabric designer, author of The Wickersham Quilt from The State Museum of Pennsylvania and an all around great story teller. She has worked as an interior designer specializing in historic replication in New England for many years leading her to appreciate the beauty of fabric designs of the past.
Patty has replicated and patterned many great quilts from museums and has specialized in designing historical Baltimore Album fabrics for several companies.
Growing up in a family of designers and educated in the arts has led her to become an expert instructor and creative designer of applique quilts!
Michelle Yeo was born in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, where she still lives with her husband and 3 of her 4 children. From a young age Michelle was interested in sewing and crafts, but it wasn't until 1984 that she made her first quilt after her then fiancee, now husband, told her that he hated doonas (Admin note: duvet, in American terms) and wanted sheets, blankets, and a patchwork quilt. He now regrets he spoke those words as he never dreamed what a monster that comment would create.
Michelle has been designing quilts and teaching for 20 years and began running her own business, Michelle Yeo Quilt Designs in 2006. In early 2017 she stopped working part time as an Occupational Therapist to concentrate full time on her quilt and fabric designing business, as well as pursuing her passion for teaching. She is an enthusiastic quilt designer & teacher & teaches throughout Australia and internationally having taught in Europe, Norway, England and the USA.
Inspired by antique quilts and the challenge of design, Michelle uses reproduction fabrics to achieve a timeless appeal but she is a contemporary artist who takes advantage of the increased speed and accuracy that is possible using modern tools and piecing techniques such as freezer paper foundation piecing, while also loving the more traditional techniques including hand & machine piecing applique & Broderie Perse. Michelle's designs look beautiful in all genres of fabrics and she encourages her students to follow their preferred love of fabrics whether that is reproduction, more modern or another style. Michelle has a range of acrylic templates for ease and accuracy of cutting and piecing which accompany a number of her designs.
Michelle has been designing fabrics since 2015 and her lines are influenced by fabrics from her collection of antique quilts and textiles from the 18th and 19th century. She is currently awaiting her first fabric collection, "Tarrytown" with Henry Glass & Co. set to be released late in 2020. Michelle is extremely excited to have the opportunity to design fabrics which are inspired by her love of antique quilts and the fabrics within them.
Many of Michelle's quilt patterns have been printed in Australian and International quilt magazines and in 2014 her book, 'Of Needle, Thimble & Thread', was published by Quiltmania. Later that year some of the quilts from her book were exhibited in a special exhibit, 'Best of Australian Quilting', at the International Quilt Festival in Houston where she also presented a lecture with two fellow Aussie quilters and did a demonstration on Broderie Perse. In 2017 she was featured in Quiltmania magazine as the designer of their annual Mystery Block of the Month Quilt which featured her first fabric collection.
Teri Young, Kara Mason
Teri Young and Kara Mason have been stitching partners for nearly 20 years. They feel honored to have had their original Baltimore Album-style quilt, A Fairy Tale Album, hanging in exhibits in Houston, Chicago, England, and Virginia.
Kara and Teri began teaching at local quilt shops in 2014, focusing on appliqué, embroidery, and ribbon work. They have
lectured at guilds internationally, taught a series of workshops for the Baltimore Appliqué Society, have been teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the
past three years, and are thrilled to add Baltimore on the Prairie to the list. Their most recent quilt designs include In the Garden, Lovely Botanicals, and their newest project, Woodland Reverie, which will be introduced soon. Their partnership adventures continue across two continents, as Kara is living in Germany for the next couple years. Technology is a great asset when designing together from across an ocean! Stories of their adventures are chronicled on their weekly blog, Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye.