For me, just having a career in the quilting community is a dream come true. I love to draw, write and teach; all of that comes easily. Making elegant quilts to send off to shows, earning awards and having the opportunity to talk to you about them, is just so much fun! Hearing students say that I have influenced their lives is awesome.
However, if I had to choose one thing topping the list of all the recognition I have received, it would be gaining the esteem of Harriet Hargrave, the woman who originated the art form around which I now build my life. In her book, Heirloom Machine Quilting, 4th edition, (p.141 and 142, C&T, 2004) Harriet mentions how she was inspired to push herself in her own work after studying my quilt, Treasurers of Julia's Life. Let that be a lesson to you, never underestimate the connections we might make through our words, actions and our quilts!
Joanie: Featured Artist
Special Exhibits at Quilt Expo 2015
September is a beautiful month in Wisconsin. The shore of one of Madison’s two midtown lakes is the setting for Quilt Expo. In just three short years, this show has grown to be one of the Midwest’s finest quilt venues. You will find me there everyday, lecturing, presenting a stage show, signing books and proclaiming myself as the official Madison Ambassador, welcoming quilters to my hometown.
Broiderie Perse Exhibit at the
National Quilting Museum
Fais de Beaux rêves, To Have and To Hold and La Petite II were displayed in an exhibit of Contemporary Broiderie Perse at the National Quilt Museum, Paducah Kentucky. The exhibit displayed outstanding examples combining collage, appliquê, and fine quilting, Broderie perse - also known as cut-out chintz appliqué, is artwork which “presents a high point in the art of quiltmaking and deserves the admiration and attention of all who appreciate fine needlework” said curator, Anita Loscalzo.
Bernina Artisan Reunion,
Steckborn, Switzerland 2006
It was an absolute delight to be included in a group of 85 quilting and textile industry educators from the U.S. attending a conference at the Bernina factory in Switzerland. Events included research and development, interaction with quilters from Germany and Switzerland, textile museum, thread factory and folk museum tours, sightseeing the beautiful landscape and enjoying the camaraderie with this delightful group, as well as a launching the celebration for Bernina’s 75th Anniversary.
Joanie is the Author of Four Machine Quilting Books
Shown here with Irene Berry, editor for Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, being interviewed about her first book, Elegant Machine Quilting (KP Books, 2003). She has since written two more Machine Quilting standards, Joanie's Design Elements, it's companion Joanie's Quilting Elements, (KP Books, 2006 and 2008) and The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting (Saint Martin Press 2011).
Joanie’s Quilts in Print
Shown here with her teacher and mentor, Diane Gaudynski. You can imagine Joanie’s delight to have her first heirloom machine quilted wall quilt, Ode to Diane, featured in the AQS publication, Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski. Three of quilts of Joanie's quilts are also featured in Harriet Hargrave’s Heirloom Machine Quilting, 4th edition.
Robert Kaufman announces Joanie as “Radiance” Spokeswoman
Radiance. a new fabric line introduced by Robert Kaufman is a silk/cotton blend available in 27 rich, solid colors. They have asked me to be the spokeswoman and use Radiance in my work. Kyle Sanchez, Director of Promotions at Kaufman, recognized the possibilities of blending my elegant quilting designs with this luxurious new fabric, stating,, “The union is a marriage made in Heaven!” www.robertkaufman.com.
is an award winner!
Lea’s Choice, (82" x 82" 2007), is hand appliquéd with original quilting designs that were machine quilted using a home sewing machine. It has earned Best of Show and Viewers Choice awards at the Appleseed Quilt Show, Best Machine Quilting at The Lowell Quilt Festival, the Excellence in Machine Quilting Award at the 2008 Road to California Show, Best Machine Quilting, Traditional Quilt, at 2007 Pacific International Quilt Festival and 2nd Place Appliqué at AQS Paducah, 2008! Read the complete story and take a closer look in the DREAM! gallery.
Best of Show Awards for
Fais de beaux réves
“Fais de beaux réves” (The French term for Sweet Dreams!) was awarded Best of Show at the 2006 Pacific International Quilt Festival, 2005 Prairie Heritage Quilt Show, 2005 at the 2006 Road to California Show! Also, Best Machine Quilting, 2005, Minnesota Quilters Guild, 2005 A Quilters 'Gathering ,Machine Quilting and Viewer's Choice, 2006 Three Rivers Quilt Festival, Best Machine Quilting and Viewers Choice, 2007Quilting on the Waterfront, 1st Place Convention Machine Quilting, 2007 International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2nd Place Merit Machine Quilting, 2007Lowell Quilt Festival, Best Machine Quilting among other awards. Click here to see this quilt in the DREAM! gallery.
Joanie is a Golden Girl
Golden Threads, the company that offers quilting design solutions that make every quilt a work of art, and Joanie have joined forces! Her original designs are available for hand, home machine, frame, and longarm machine quilting projects. Check out Elements Stencil Packets and purchase these designs from the Golden Threads website: GoldenThreads.com
Harriet Hargrave's Machine Quilters Celebration 2005 and 2006
The beautiful Rocky Mountains were the backdrop for the classes at the Harriet Hargrave Machine Quilting Celebration where Joanie taught in 2005 and 2006. She offered design workshops to students for planning quilts with an emphasis on using imagery to express their personal stories. This conference is devoted solely to the home sewing machine quilter with workshops offered by some of the best instructors in traditional machine quilting arts.