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Posts Tagged ‘David Taylor’

Meet Road 2017 Teacher David Taylor

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit down longarm class. These classes use the same skills as a regular sewing machine.

1004C   The HQ Sweet 16 Overture on Monday

2007C  Rhythm and Hues on Tuesday

David will also be teaching two applique classes:

3009R  Simple Floral Appliqué on Wednesday

4601R  Animal Artistry through Appliqué a 3-day course, Thursday-Saturday

Award winning quilter, David Taylor, knows about adversity.  Last February, a gas explosion and subsequent fire destroyed his home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Since the fire gutted the living room and the sewing loft, David has been without his tools and supplies for the past nine months. Both of his Berninas were melted; his serger was gone; rulers were twisted and turned and his Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen was a major loss. Needless to say, it was a very devastating experience.  David says, “Every day since the fire, life gets a little easier and a little harder at the same time. I’ve been taking long walks, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles to occupy my thoughts” until he can start to rebuild his studio.


Born in 1963, David was raised in Peterborough, New Hampshire, one of six children: three boys and three girls just “like the Brady Bunch.” His mother “tied” quilts while David was growing up but as a single mom with six kids, she didn’t have much free time to devote to quilting. David first focused on apparel construction. In 1998, a longtime friend who knew of David’s life-long love of fabric, suggested he try quilting. He was reluctant at first as he didn’t want to cut up his “precious fabric collection.” Since then, he has never looked back. Because he has never taken a quilting class, David believes that the best way to learn is to practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice and makes a lot of mistakes. In addition, he believes that quilting “should be a team sport,” He recommends joining a guild or a group and getting together with like-minded “fabric fondlers.” And if there isn’t a group where you live, David says, “Start one.” For David, there is no greater satisfaction than “seeing a student’s face light up when they realize they CAN do this!”  He hopes his students will learn that if they create from their heart, the rest will follow.

Before he comes to Road, David will be looking forward to purchasing a home in Henniker, New Hampshire. The house was originally built in 1825, and was renovated at the turn of this century to include a two-car garage with studio and office space above. David says it is “Perfect!” To learn more about David Taylor, please visit his website.

Winning Quilters Make Winning Faculty

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Did you know?

Four of our distinguished faculty who will be teaching at Road 2016 were winning quilters at Road 2015.

Jerry Granata

2015 Third Place Winner for Innovative Large3rd place-Jerry Granata

What did Jerry think about winning at Road 2015?  “Being from California and having the show so close to my home, winning a prize made it extra special. I feel like Road to California is my home show.”

Jerry will be teaching  6004C  Aim for the Lone Stars! on Saturday (which is sold out)  and 7004C  Intro to Domestic Quilting  on Sunday which is still available. Jerry is “looking forward” to meeting all of his students and sharing his knowledge “to help my students be better quilt makers and have fun doing it.”   

Nancy Prince

2015  Marie White Masterpiece Award WinnerMasterpiece Winner- Nancy Prince

“Winning the Marie White Masterpiece Award at Road to California this past January was a welcome surprise and an amazing experience,” remarked Nancy.

Nancy is teaching four classes at Road 2016: On Thursday, 4012C  Thread Sketching – Creating Depth & Realism; Friday: 5009C  Whimsical Flowers; Saturday: 6008C  Thread Painted Landscape Summer; and Sunday: 7008C  Enhancing a Photograph Through Thread Sketching. There is still room available in her Friday and Sunday classes. “Road is one of my favorite shows to participate as a teacher and I am honored to be part of the faculty this year.”

Cheryl See

2015 Best Use of ColorBest Use of Color 2015

It was “especially rewarding” for Cheryl “when Starlette won a ribbon at Road To California in 2015.” “It was the first time I had won the ribbon for Best Use of Color.  I love all of the bright, happy colors in Starlette as it just makes me smile and I hope it put a smile on the face of other quilters at the show!”

Cheryl also will be teaching four classes at Road 2016: 4015R  English Paper Piecing Technique on Thursday; 5013R  Innovative Hand Quilting on Friday; 6012R  Hexie Daisy on Saturday; and 7012R  Innovative Hand Quilting again on Sunday. Cheryl considers it “a privilege to teach at Road To California in 2016!  Historically hand piecing and quilting is thought of as very traditional.  I love to show quilters an innovative approach to color and design that is anything but traditional!”

David Taylor

2015 First Place Art PictorialArt Pictorial Winner 2015

David has two classes that are sold out 3013C Simple Machine appliqué on Wednesday and 5016 C  Short and Sweet Thread Play on Friday. There is still room available in his class “Yes, You Can Stipple!” which is being taught twice: on Thursday 4018C and on Saturday, 6016C.