Lois Smith
, MD
Lois is working on a web site.

Photo is Lois and statue in Sweden

Lois will be one of the judges for our contest. She will be teaching a class, A Judge Goes to the Edge about quilt bindings, etc. Another class Renegade Shapes is a free form piecing class. Her specialty is machine quilting and she will be teaching two classes Yes!! Beautiful Machine Quilting and Wow!! More Beautiful Machine Quilting.
Lois will also be a demonstrator at Roundabout.

More about Lois:

Carolyn: How many years have you been quilting?
Lois: I made my first quilt, a hand quilted baby quilt, for my second son who was born in 1955. I really started in earnest with a full-blown passion in 1978.

Carolyn: What motivated you to start quilting?
Lois: My mother was a rug braider with a wonderful sense of color. All the women in my extended family did some form of needle or hand work. In seeking out my own little niche, I discovered the Better Homes and Garden Quilt Book and was fascinated. Sometime after that, a bunch of us teachers found Georgia Bonesteel’s book and started making blocks to show each other before school started. I loved the color, precision, and the sharing (and maybe the competition) that was involved.

Carolyn: Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?
Lois: I was fortunate to have been asked to teach in Yellowknife, Canada, which is just a stone’s from the Arctic Circle. (I am older than the city itself.) I have also taught in St. Catherine’s, Canada. In addition, I have taught near Porto Alegre, Brazil, twice in Scotland on the Isle of Arron, and in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photo is Lois in Iceland on the Fourth of July.

Carolyn: What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career?
Lois: I was most frightened in Scotland when the quilter who was taking us back to catch a ferry to the mainland decided to make an extra stop at a little shop we had seen the day before. We shopped too long and knew we were about to miss our ferry (and other modes of transportation after that.) She drove a huge Land Rover. We literally flew over the curvy, hilly, rural roads with our hearts in our mouths. One sheep in the road (which we often encountered) and it would have been curtains for us all. Happy ending. We DID make the ferry and there were no dead sheep left in our wake.

Carolyn: Does anyone else in your family quilt?
Lois: I am teaching my granddaughter to quilt.

Carolyn: What is your birth order? – only child, first, second, third, or ??
Lois: I am the oldest child of two. My brother, who is seven years younger, has an equally strong passion for Antique Cars.

Carolyn: Where did you grow up?
Lois: In Elmhurst, Illinois, at a time when the town population was 15, 000 and there were prairies and climbable willow trees.

Carolyn: Do you have children – grandchildren?
Lois: I have seven children (six boys and one girl.) All are married, employed (except for two stay at home moms who work equally as hard,) and no one is in jail. I have ten grandchildren: two redheads, one blonde, one honey blonde and the rest have brown hair. Two are “curlies,” one has straight hair and the rest are somewhat in between. All are wonderful.

Carolyn: Do you have any pets?
Lois:We have no pets at this time.

Carolyn: What is your favorite food?
Lois: What a silly question! CHOCOLATE

Photo: Lois is on her way to class in New Mexico and is surprised by a snow storm.

Carolyn: What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object.?
Lois: I would live year round in my beach house on Chicoteague Island, VA, surrounded by friends and fabric with phone calls allowed only between 8:00 am and
8:05 am daily. I would go out for lunch and a walk on the beach, but dinner would be delivered by 6:00 along with a bottle of wine (and maybe flowers.)

Carolyn: Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?
Lois: NO. I do some of the peripherals such as dyeing, stamping, photography, and a little solitaire on the computer.