Paula Reid


Paula’s classes will be sponsored by Bernina and she will be teaching three days of machine quilting classes.


How many years have you been quilting? 

19 years


What motivated you to start quilting? 

A friend of mine took my husband and I to a quilt show in 1990 and she and I were looking at the quilts for so long that my husband thought I might like to try it and bought all the rotary cutting equipment from one of the vendors.  I made my first quilt three weeks later.


Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career? 

All over the US and to Switzerland to visit the Bernina factory!


What is the most, unusual, frightening, funny, frustrating experience you have had in your quilting career? 

For years I had a machine quilting business, typically quilting about 3 quilts a week for customers.  Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I would go into total panic mode trying to get everybody’s quilts done for Christmas giving.  Every year I absolutely knew I wouldn’t be able to get them all done, but the worst year was the one I finished the last one on Dec. 22!


Who is your favorite author?  

I have so many, but right now it has to be mystery writer Allison Brennan


What is the last book you read or are reading? 

Embarrassed to say this, but I am reading the middle book of a vampire trilogy set in Victorian times, Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason


What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or ??

I’m the oldest of two girls, but my sister is the bossiest


Where did you grow up?

Buffalo NY until 7th grade, then Sacramento CA until college


Where did you go to college? 



Do you have children – grandchildren? 

I have three grandchildren – Sidney (boy) 11, Vanessa 8 and Zoe, almost 3


Do you have any pets?   



What is your favorite food? 

Crème brulee – food of the gods


Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting? 

Cooking – no easier way to get instant gratification


What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object? 

I would travel all over the world taking cooking classes

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