2009 Faculty

Sylvia Pippen, Hilo, HI

Sylvia will be teaching two – two day classes. Both are new classes based on her newest patterns, Big Island Birds and Sashiko and North American Wildflowers and Sashiko. Each class will feature her iron-over mylar appliqué method and sashiko stitching.
Sylvia will also be one of the demonstrators at Roundabout.

Block of the Month Group at Sylvia’s Home. Sylvia is in the middle.

More about Sylvia

Carolyn: How many years have you been quilting?
Sylvia:I’ve been quilting seriously for the six years since I moved to Hawaii. Before that I was part of an on going quilting bee in West Virginia, and later got into Seminole patchwork and Japanese Yukata clothing, and tailoring.

Carolyn: What motivated you to start quilting?
Sylvia: My mother, Kitty Pippen taught me how to sew and I caught the passion for quilting from her in the process of co-authoring our book, Asian Elegance.

Carolyn: Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?
Sylvia: I have taught throughout the Hawaiian Islands and on the West coast from Washington to Los Angeles. I will be going to Texas, Chicago and Michigan next year too.

Carolyn: What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career?
Sylvia: I think my most unusual experience was teaching eight 80 year olds sashiko in Waimea, Kauai. We met once a week at Nana’s House, a family building child and family service agency. Everyone brought food, ukuleles, there were babies crawling around, I had grown, men and young boys doing sashiko. We had a quilt show in town and strung our quilts up between two coconut trees. My Hawaiian students really taught me how to roll with whatever is happening when I’m teaching and the true spirit of aloha. I have photos of my classes posted on my website if you would like to catch a glimpse of my experience.

Carolyn: Does anyone else in your family quilt?
Sylvia: My Mother Kitty Pippen of course; she started quilting at 70 and is a famous and prolific quilter, teacher and writer.

What is your birth order? – only child, first, second, third, or??
Sylvia: I’m the middle child between a younger sister and older brother, both talented musicians.

Carolyn: Where did you grow up?
Sylvia: I grew up in Richmond, in the San Francisco Bay area….in the sixties.

Carolyn: Do you have children – grandchildren?
Sylvia: We have three children and three grandchildren.

Carolyn: Do you have any pets?
Sylvia: We don’t have any pets, but are waiting to get a Corgi puppy.

Carolyn: What is your favorite food?
Sylvia: Tropical fruit, peaches, and any kind of berry.

Carolyn: What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object?
Sylvia: I would buy a farm, invite family and friends to come and stay, get some goats, chickens, raise huge gardens, host quilt retreats, garden and quilt quilt quilt!

Carolyn: Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?
Sylvia: I love to grow flowers, veggies, fruit, and herbs. I am also a flutist and play in a band called the Hilo Crybabies, (because it rains so much here). I also love to hike and explore the Islands, always on the lookout for wildflowers and birds.

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  1. klbh

    Carolyn: Will we be able to change classes this year if another class should open or be put on the schedule after we have already signed up? I always try to sign up early so I know I will get what I want, but then it seems other classes are added and sometimes they would have been my first choice.

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