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Introducing: Patty Sliney

I have know Patty for a couple of years. She was a student at HQ Academy in 2021 and after a couple of hours i cozied up next to her and said, “Why are you here? You could be teaching this class?” She laughed and said that she liked being together with other quilters. We are so lucky that she has retired and is now working with us to help teach beginning quilters.

Patty also spurred me into making one of the quilts on my bucket list last year. Little did we know that when we invited others to join us we would have over 500 people making the Flowering Snowball quilt with us!

Artist’s Statement

“San Diego Beauty”

When we were presented with this quilt challenge, I knew immediately what type of quilt I wanted to make for the challenge.  I’ve always had a New York Beauty quilt on my quilt bucket list, so I was excited to check it off the bucket list!  I looked at lots of New York Beauty quit patterns, and finally settled on pattern by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson.  The quilt pattern is, “Midtown Girl” and it is included in their book entitled “Modern Designs for Classic Quilts”.  I love their version of this New York Beauty-style quilt, as it truly is a modern twist on a very classic quilt design.  Since I live in the greater San Diego, California area, I’ve named my version of the quilt, “San Diego Beauty”.   In keeping with the black and white color palette requirement for this challenge, I selected a fabric collection from Connecting Threads called, “Nuances de Noir”, which also is designed with a modern twist on a very classic, reproduction design theme.  I opted for just a tiny pop of red, to add a touch of interest, so I used so Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric I had in my stash.  I used a piped binding technique to carry through he tiny red accent.  I used ruler work and computerized quilting.  I opted to double batt my quilt, using Quilter’s Dream 80/20 with a layer of Quilters Dream Wool on top for more definition and texture.  All the threads used were from Superior Threads, I used Superior So Fine 50 wt on top and Superior Bottomline in the bobbin.  And, my quilt was quilted on my trusty Handi Quilter Fusion with Pro-Stitcher Premium.

Get to Know Patty!

Patty has had a long-time love affair with sewing and quilting. She was introduced to sewing at a very young age, on the laps of both her mother and grandmother, who were both accomplished seamstresses, starting on her grandmother’s treadle machine. She was quickly hooked on sewing, and went on to sew much of her wardrobe during middle school and high school, including prom dresses! Patty caught the quilting bug in college, and fell hard when she saw a beautiful antique Double Wedding Ring quilt displayed at a museum. She loved combining sewing with art in the form of quiltmaking. In the past, Patty has enjoyed teaching sewing, quilting and machine embroidery classes as a part-time side gig, while working full time as a registered nurse. She loved to help her students and their creative niche, and expand their skill sets and talents, especially with quilting. After many years of arduously quilting her quilts with her domestic sewing machine, or sending out her larger quilts to be quilted by a longarm quilter, Patty though, “I bet I could learn how to do longarm quilting”, so, in 2017, after a year of researching longarm machines, Patty purchased her HQ Fusion®, and shortly after, added Pro-Stitcher Premium™, which has become Patty’s quilting love – computerized quilting. She loves to help new Pro-Stitcher® users master computerized quilting, and help build new users’ confidence and skills with Pro-Stitcher. Patty is a self-professed “computer geek”, and really loves using Pro-Stitcher Designer™ to digitize her own longarm quilting designs.

Patty has retired from the healthcare industry to devote her time and attention to her first passion: quilting. She loves teaching longarm classes, especially computerized quilting. Patty currently resides in sunny Southern California, in the North San Diego county area, not to far from the ocean. She is married to a very supportive & patient husband, they have three adult daughters and some pretty cute granddaughters, along with her beloved Australian Shepherds, Rudy and Bindi. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, hiking, gardening (she’s a Master Gardener), and living the quilting life!

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