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About Holly’s Quilt Cabin
Holly’s Quilt Cabin was started back in 2006 (read about our 10th Anniversary celebrations here). We are a collective of quilters, teachers, and craft enthusiasts who are excited to share our knowledge of quilting with anyone who would like to learn about it.
We sell high quality fabrics, kits, patterns, and other quilting items. We also have many classes led by our amazing teachers. Finally, if you’re just looking for some quality craftsmanship and need a gift or help putting your ideas onto cloth, we can help you with that, as well.
We look forward to working with you, no matter what your quilting needs happen to be.
Meet Our Guest Teachers
Cindy Brick is an editor, designer and writer who travels the world teaching about quilting and quilt history. A former editor for Quilter’s Newsletter, she is also an AQS-certified and USPAP-trained personal property appraiser, president of PAAQT and a professional quilt restorer. She also judges quilt competitions, with venues as varied as the International Quilt Festival, the Pacific International Quilt Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. She has written hundreds of articles and six books, including Hanky Panky, the Stitcher’s Language of Flowers, Quilts of the Great Depression, the Fabric Dating Kit, Crazy Quilts and Quilts from the Golden West. Two other books are currently in progress. Nearly all of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s quilt-related entries are her writing; she also consulted for three television specials on quilting (appeared in person on one), and was on Simply Quilts to explain her Hanky Panky quilt method. She has been on an episode of The Quilt Show to talk about Crazy quilts, and on the Quilter’s Newsletter channel to discuss Memory Quilts. www.cindybrick.com.
Kate Colleran is a quilter, knitter, writer and teacher. She has designed for various quilt magazines including McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts and Quiltmaker as well as for various fabric companies. She is the co-author of the book Smash Your Precut Stash from C&T Publishing and publishes quilt patterns under the name Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. She moved from Connecticut to Colorado a few years ago with her husband Jim and their cat Lily and is enjoying quilting exploring the west. Visit her website to check out her blog and see what she is up to! seamslikeadream.com
As long as she can remember, Ann Myhre has been playing with art. Drawing and painting, stitching and sculpting her way through childhood, she ended up getting a “real job” as a legal assistant, where she learned to knit from co-workers. In 2003, she opened Knitty Cat, a yarn and fabric shop in Centennial, Colorado, where she advanced her skills in knitting, crocheting, beading, and sewing. After nearly 11 years in business, Ann decided to close the retail shop to pursue artwork and teaching full time. She enjoys the challenge of using yarn, fabric, and unconventional materials to echo the textures and colors of the natural world, which began her journey of creating tapestry wall quilts. In the years Ann owned the shop, she found her true calling as a teacher helping others to expand their own skills. Quilt As Inspired is her first book on machine quilting that she plans on using to develop full-day workshops and retreats for teaching creative ways to work with and manipulate different fabrics. You can find a gallery of her work on her website www.annmyhrequilts.com.
Annie Smith is a professional quilt maker and instructor who will be in Denver in March. She has offered to teach two of her specialty classes at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. Annie has a number of quilting accomplishments including: managing her own pattern publishing company (SimpleArts, see simplearts.com for details), teaching quilting classes nationally and internationally, publishing a book “The Ultimate Applique Guidebook”, and creating over 220 podcasts. We are extremely excited to have her skills available to our customers. One or both of her classes would make an excellent gift to your favorite quilter (or yourself). Her acknowledged expertise is in Machine Applique and the Art of Color/Fabric Selection.
Jackie Vujcich is native of Colorado. She and her family eventually settled at the bottom of the Flatirons (foothills to the Rockies) near Boulder, CO. Jackie started quilting in 1999. Some of her favorite techniques are stained glass quilts, curved piecing and applique of any kind; but her passion is landscape and pictorial art quilts. She began teaching traditional quilting in 2007 and art quilting soon after. Looking for an outlet to let her creativity soar, she started designing her own patterns (both traditional and landscape/art) under her company name Colorado Creations Quilting in 2009. Jackie’s future plans are to design more patterns-especially landscapes; pursue more commissioned pieces and create a web site to sell her art pieces and patterns. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Meet Our Regular Teachers
Mary Jo Alworth
Fiber Arts are a real passion in my life. Being a fabricoholic started at the early age of 10. I started with clothes sewing. Everything from swimsuits to wedding dresses. Then about 30 years ago I took a quilting class and have not looked back. My favorite type of quilting is hand applique. Although I have not met any form of quilting I don’t like. I have taught different forms of hand applique, hand piecing and machine piecing. I also enjoy Rug Hooking, Cross Stitching and Knitting.
Back in 2001 I was introduced to what was to become a passion – quilting. Color, fabric and the process of using my creative side was exhilarating. My passion for bags began with a white elephant gift exchange in my church group. We all made bags and the fun began. Then by word of mouth I was asked to custom make more. So much fun with color and design. I now design patterns so others can make them. Once you make one you will want to make more.
I am a resident longarm quilter at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. My piecing beginnings led me to take the next step in the quiltmaking process and I enjoy every step of the process. I transitioned from a long investment in stained glass as both a fabricator and instructor resulting in a passion for reproducing some of the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany. My work has graced the New Hope Baptist Church in central Denver, Central Station Casino in Blackhawk and the 1995 Parade of Homes.
A native of Ohio and a third generation quilter, I have a love of all things textile. Prior to completing a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado I studied Clothing and Textiles at the University of Akron. I’ve worked as an editor at Quilters Newsletter and at several Denver quilt shops. Teaching has afforded me the opportunity to share my knowledge with fellow quilters–an amazing group of human beings.
I decided I needed to make heriloom baby quilts when my babies were born. One Christmas twenty years later I gave them to my “babies”. I’m happy to report that my speed has increased dramatically since then! Although, since working at Holly’s I have branched out into various machine techniques, my first love is still traditional hand piecing and hand quilting.
I have been quilting for over 26 years. My specialties are machine piecing and machine quilting. All things machine (including a brief stint as a sewing machine technician) are intriguing to me. Over the years I have done commission quiltmaking for individuals as well as corporations (Disney World) and Quiltmaker Magazine. I have entered contests over the years both local and national. I truly enjoy teaching quiltmaking techniques whether to a class or in a private lesson.
Hi, My name is Pam Norton. I started quilting in 1986 when I took a hand applique and hand pieced class at Quilts in the Attic. My first three years of quilting I did everything by hand because I did not own a sewing machine. I love to do Hawaiian Applique, Scrappy quilts and learning new techniques. I am addicted to quilting and love the process from start to finish. The picture is of myself out hiking with my dog Jack.
Private Lessons: I can teach beginning classes, how to put on bindings, or if you find a pattern you need a little help on just let me know.
Kris Persun has been quilting for over 25 years. Her first project was a Bear Paw quilt pieced and quilted by hand. “I wanted a quilt and couldn’t afford to buy one. The irony was that it was years before I actually made a quilt for myself.” Kris has taught various classes and private lessons at Holly’s Quilt Cabin. She enjoys working with beginning quilters and helping them develop the same passion that she has for quilting. She also enjoys teaching hand quilting (an art that is being forgotten) and paper piecing (it’s really not that hard).