Georgia Stull, a certified Statler by Gammill instructor, will be teaching Road 2016’s Statler Educational Program which is a series of four longarm lecture/demo classes featuring the Gammill Statler Stitcher: 4017R Put the Hammer Down for Beautiful Borders! on Thursday; 5015R It’s a Photo Finish! on Friday; 6015R Victory Lap! on Saturday; and on Sunday, 7015R Statler Pit Stop.
When Georgia Stull’s oldest son announced he was getting married, she thought she would make him and his new bride a quilt as a wedding gift. Georgia had been a seamstress (wedding gowns to window treatments) since she was a teenager so sewing the quilt was not an issue. When it came time to have it quilted, Georgia and her husband, Ivan, took the quilt to an area quilter who proceeded to tell them all about his quilting machine. As they were leaving, Ivan said to Georgia, “You could do that!” Her reply was “Sure, if you buy me a machine!” Two weeks later, Ivan took off work early and bought Georgia a machine!! She couldn’t have been more surprised. Ivan was all ready to buy a Statler by Gammill for Georgia but she just wasn’t sure she could do it. They did lots of research and eventually bought a Statler four months later. And guess what? Georgia can do it!!
It didn’t take too long after Georgia started quilting that her husband, Ivan, decided he should learn all about quilting. He pieced and quilted his first quilt with a little help from Georgia. Now, he has pieced and quilted 5 quilts. Georgia is hoping that their oldest granddaughter, Ellie, will be a future quilter. She is off to a promising start. Together, Ellie and Georgia made a quilt for Ellie’s doll babies this past summer.
Since most of Georgia’s quilting is for customers, her inspiration comes from the quilt tops they bring to her. Georgia is a “computerized quilter” and she is honest to say that she “designs by credit card!” While there are many wonderfully talented digital pattern designers, the trick is to find the perfect pattern to bring a quilt to life. Georgia loves the challenge of putting together the perfect combination of designs for a quilt. She is also inspired by the fabulous quilting of others. As a teacher, she is exposed to the very ‘best of the best’ quilts. Georgia remarks, it is “such golden inspiration!”
Georgia has used a Statler by Gammill from the very beginning. Because the Stulls live in Harrisonville, Missouri (just outside Kansas City), it was easy for them to take classes at the Statler facility in Columbia, Missouri. Georgia actually learned from the master, Paul Statler. She counts Paul and Mildred Statler as good friends whom she respects and admires very much. Both Ivan and Georgia have showed up so many times at the facility that they are sure the Gammill people thought, “It’s those Stulls again!”
In 2008, Georgia was asked to be a beta tester for the software and she also became a Certified Statler Instructor. She has come to know many of the members of the Gammill team as she’s traveled and taught. Georgia says that “the Gammill team always takes good care of me as a teacher.”
Georgia loves meeting quilters from all over the world. She has been fortunate to travel as far away as England and Wales to teach. She always tries to remember how when she bought her Statler, she was more than a bit overwhelmed and thought, “What did I do?” She loves helping her students go from “What did I do?” to “I love my Statler!”
At Road 2016, Georgia’s desire is for students to become efficient and effective quilters without compromising quality. And more importantly, she hopes that they enjoy the process because, as Georgia says, “quilting is FUN!”
What is Georgia’s best quilting tip? “Don’t be so critical of yourself and your quilting. Computerized quilters, especially, tend to expect absolute perfection. I am all about doing the best that I can on every quilt but it is never going to be perfect. It’s so hard to enjoy the process if you expect perfection.”
How would you like to meet Georgia and take her Statler Educational Program classes for FREE? Road to California is going to award one lucky winner admission to all four classes in the series!!
To enter, simply comment below, by midnight November 22, 2016, why you want to participate in the Statler Educational Program with Georgia Stull. You can also enter by commenting on Road’s Facebook Page post about the contest. One lucky winner will be chosen by Real Number Generator and announced on November 23rd.
Good luck to all who enter.