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!
Suzanne (Suzy,) is from Springfield, Missouri, her home for many years. She and husband, Jim, have three children and eight grandchildren. It was in Springfield that Suzy was introduced to both making quilts and teaching others
creative ways to stitch quilts.
Having grown up on a farm in Texas, where chores began early and finished late, Suzy had a remarkable thought one long summer day just before she was ten years old. The animals constantly needed feeding and care, fences required repairs. and meals came after outside work was done. Her brother and "eternally visiting" cousin loved the outside chores where it was either burning hot, or freezing cold. At least, inside chores were out of the extremes of Texas weather! And, it only made sense that if she could sew, Mama's rough stacks of colorful feed sacks would finally be turned into play clothes, pj's, tea towels, and maybe occasionally, doll dresses.
Turning to her grandparents who owned a small couture design/ladies tailoring business in Dallas, she asked them to teach her to sew. Not only did they agree, they often drove out from Dallas after work, had dinner at the farm, and took her home with them for extended visits. She discovered that she could sew and she began to collect wonderful small pieces of Scottish woolens, scraps of handmade lace, beautiful remnants of cotton lawn, and Liberty's pima cloth for little girl ideas she had.
By the next summer, she had learned to bake Brownie's and tea cookies to bribe the boys to stay outside. And, she could relieve her mom by actually sewing feed sacks into household items. She had her own shelf in the sewing closet. (Guess that could have been called "Suzy's first stash.") But, for better or worse, whatever happened that year completely changed the direction of her life.
That love of sewing has always been a constant of life but moving in 1978, from suburban Houston, Texas, into "smack in the middle of the Ozarks," created an entirely new world for Suzy Louth. It was quilts!
They were the décor in restaurants, fall festivals celebrated them, and many of her new friends were quilters. From Ben Franklin's and Sam Walton's dime stores to fabric stores, there were flat folds of fabrics, bolts, notions, books and even special cutting supplies. There was one particular style, however, that often captured her attention. She remembered the little appliqued pockets on a sundress her Grandmother once made for her, and seeing an entire quilt made of appliqued purple flowers in Laura Ingalls Wilder's museum was the final straw. Appliqued flowers stole her heart.
And from that love, Suzanne has since made her quilts, traveling to take classes, and then teaching about her love of applique. She has won "Best Bed Quilt" award in Paducah, Kentucky, had several of her quilts juried into the Houston Quilt Festival, has participated in Festival special exhibits, and has won many Best Hand Applique awards from "Quilting in the Tetons" to "Vermont Quilt Festival", where her quilt was also awarded "Best of Show".
Her motto has always been a verse from Luke's Gospel that her Grandmother spoke to her often, "To whom much is given, much more will be required."
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.