2009 Faculty

Cindy Needham Chico, CA
www.cindyneedham.com

Cindy was the featured artist at our show in 2008 . She will be teaching a class on working with Vintage Linens and how to turn them into quilts. Her other class (offered two different days) will be Open Thread Bar where students learn about tension, needles and working with all different kinds of threads.

More about Cindy:
I am the oldest of two and grew up living all over the United States. My dad was in the National Park Service so I had the unique opportunity of living in parks that most people could only visit on their yearly vacations. I first fell in love with quilting while stationed in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia. Although my mother was an amazing seamstress, nobody else in my family quilted so I was self-taught from the beginning relying on books and magazines.

I hand quilted for about 25 years and decided to try my hand at machine quilting about 12 years ago only to keep up with teaching samples I was making for our local quilt store. It was not love at first sight and I struggled to make those perfect stitches. It took about 3-4 months of daily practice sessions before it finally “clicked” and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the fact that I can still obtain an heirloom quality quilt with machine quilting.

My wholecloth linen quilts started about 10 years ago when a nightstand tablecloth caught my eye one morning and I wondered how it would look quilted. I marked and basted it and threw it in the machine and was totally hooked. I was able to create something new out of something old and gave these old linens a whole new life. My passion for wholecloth linen quilting has changed my life in a way I never thought possible. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have my book published, teach and speak for guilds on a national basis, work with Superior Threads as one of their national educators and meet some very amazing and unforgettable quilters which is the best!

My husband, Kent, is very supportive of my quilting and is actually the one who has pushed me out of my comfort zone to travel and teach. I am happiest when I’m snugged up in my sewing room next to my machine and when I’m away I can hardly wait to get back.

I have two daughters, Jenny and Emily, and Jenny has FINALLY taken up quilting. It only took 28 years but it was worth the wait and she has taken to it with very little instruction on my part. She is also the proud mother of my two granddaughters Chloe and Samantha who are 2 years and 7 months respectively.

Emily is our chef having attended the Culinary Institute in Portland and she enjoys professional cake decorating and catering. I’m thankful that she, too, is married and doesn’t live at home any more as her desserts were to die for! We also have two black labs that supervise Kent while I’m away teaching…somebody has to be in charge!

Let’s see…some of my most embarrassing teaching moments would have to include the time I was moving a large ice water filled cooler to a different table and it slipped out of my hands and hit the floor. This HUGE wave of water came out of the cooler and completely drenched one of my students from head to toe along with the wholecloth quilt she was diligently marking. Fortunately she was a good sport about it and we’ve been best friends since. Another on the list would be not checking my itinerary before driving 100 miles to the Sacramento airport to catch my plane…I was supposed to catch my plane from Chico which was only 10 minutes from my home!