Faculty 2009

Phil Beaver, French Lick, IN.

Phil will be teaching two classes (2 sessions each) on Fabric Painting the Phil Beaver Way. He will also give a lecture on Finding Your Own Signature in Quilting II.

More about Phil:

Carolyn: How many years have you been quilting?
Phil: Quilting since 2000, and seriously quilting since about 2003.

Carolyn: Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?
Phil: In doing about 30 quilt seminars each year, I’ve traveled to many of the most beautiful places in the US and Canada, and met thousands of swell folks.

Carolyn: Does anyone else in your family quilt?
Phil: No

Carolyn: What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or ??
Phil: I’m the youngest of six children, and I’m 68. Abraham Lincoln was born on my birthday, and next February I’ll be 69 and Lincoln will be 200. I’ve commissioned a Lincoln interpreter to have dinner with me in my home, and about 35 friends and relatives will join us for an evening of wine and barrels of food and remembering my favorite president. Trained period singers will entertain me and my guests after dinner and throughout the evening. I’m Lincoln’s greatest fan and historian.

Carolyn: Where did you grow up?
Phil: I grew up in south central Indiana on a tiny piece of earth called French Lick, Indiana. It’s a tiny village of less than 2000 residents, but each day thousands come to visit because we are architecturally beautiful and elegant. One must travel to Europe to visually top French Lick, and those are rare anywhere. www.frenchlick.com

Carolyn: Do you have children – grandchildren?
Phil: I am the father of one son, Adam, and the grandfather of one. She’s my best little buddy, her name is Sylbie, she’s nearly 6 years old, and I get to stay with her all tomorrow afternoon while her parents are busy with adult stuff.
We’ll ride her scooter all about and terrorize the neighborhood, and then we’ll come indoors and play paperdolls. This, of course, is after we have our strawberry smoothies.

Carolyn: Do you have any pets?
Phil: No pets. I love all animals, but I’m away too much for pets. But if I had one, it would be a golden lab dog. And a long-haired dachshund, and a black lab, and a cat, and a bird or two, and a goat out back. And a good milk cow. There’s nothing like a good milk cow.
To free up my time, and after many years of owning macaw parrots, I recently sold my flock of nearly 50 macaws. Most were breeding pairs and not tame, but about six were very tame and quite skilled at talking, singing, dancing, and doing things that make others laugh.

Carolyn: What is your favorite food?
Phil: It’s seafood of all kinds. This past winter on the coldest days, I often made lobster stew, invited others in, and we enjoyed the togetherness of lobster stew and a glass of wine.

Carolyn: What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object.?
Phil: If I lived out of the town and in the country with barns and acreage, I would do extravagant spending and own the world’s most elegant percherons and carriages. I would have many percherons, and everyday I would harness them in their finest, hitch them to dazzling carriages and take everyone for long drives. We would ride right down the middle of French Lick with gawkers everywhere. Yeah, that’s what I’d do.

Carolyn: Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?
Phil: Hobbies, yes. Many, MANY. I’ve collected reindeer my entire adult life, and all are from 1946-47 and before. I have over 1100. See my website, click Phil’s Photos, and click Reindeer Collection. And click Beaver Collection, and click Early Easter Collecion.

And gardens of roses and other perennials.

I’m a watercolorist, and I’m currently trying hard to develop extreme skills in pastel drawing — national show quality skills in pastel drawing.

And I cook many dinners for guests in my home. I can seat 40 guests in my dining hall, and after dinner, we are amused by trained vocalists and musicians whom I have earlier contracted. Such events include Madrigal Dinners at Christmas time, with period costumes, entrees, and decorations, all representative of The Middle Ages.