About Pat Ferguson

Teacher

Pat FergusonI teach a wide variety of classes ranging from beginner hand quilting and rotary cutting skills to advanced classes like Mariner’s Compass and Double Wedding Ring and almost anything in between. My specialty is free motion machine quilting (on a regular sewing machine) which I then incorporate into my landscapes and house portraits.

After teaching thousands of new and seasoned quilters over the years, I have tried not to lose sight of what it is like to be a bewildered but excited beginner. I still feel refreshed and rejuvenated every time I introduce a new student to quilting and see their enthusiasm and creativity explode.

Working with seasoned quilters is just as rewarding as I watch their skills develop, feel their pride in their own creative process, and watch their personal style develop.

I continue to take classes to learn from the best and to enhance my teaching skills. There is always something new to learn, whether it is a new tool, a new style or a new technique. In 2010 I became a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. Learn more about this relaxing, artistic technique and purchase supplies by visiting my product page.

My goals as a teacher are:

  • always be the best teacher I can be
  • be sensitive to the needs of beginning and seasoned quilters
  • allow every student to incorporate their own creativity into their masterpiece
  • help students relax and have fun with quilting- after all, isn’t it supposed to be fun?
  • provide an abundance of accurate information and creative ideas to my students

Quilter

Since I was a youngster, I have been crafting and sewing. My passion for quilting began in 1980, when I lived in Maine, and has evolved into a lifetime ambition. I have always enjoyed new techniques and incorporate them into my custom work and classes.

My specialty is fusible appliqué and machine quilting which are the basic skills for my landscapes and house portraits. I enjoy exploring new techniques and see quilting as an art form. My sewing machine often becomes the paintbrush or artist pencil on the fabric, which is my canvas.

I believe there is a difference between making many quilts and becoming a true quilter. When I began making quilts it was sometimes just a race to get the quilt completed with quick techniques and large pieces. Then I began to be more careful with my stitching and to learn all that I could about fabrics, battings, threads, color, and the design process. I found that is was more gratifying for me to make one spectacular quilt than ten quick log cabin quilts. Much thought and creative energy goes into designing a quilt from choosing the fabrics to the last decorative quilting stitches.

I have been commissioned to do several pieces for private individuals and businesses. Each is unique to the customer and several of these works have received awards in quilt shows. A sampling of my Landscapes, House Portraits and Products can be viewed on this web site.

Many of my patterns were originally developed as class projects. Each has been classroom tested several times resulting in a clear and easy to read pattern with many visual diagrams. My patterns are also rated for skill level and many are suitable for all. The “Quilter’s Tool Tote” pattern was created years ago as a class and is my first self published pattern. “Remains to be Seamed” is my second pattern created especially for my students needs to use up scraps and remaining pieces left over from making quilts.

Pat is available for workshops, lectures and trunk shows for guilds, quilt shops or organizations and will customize for your needs and skill levels. Take a look at her classes and teaching schedule.

Pat lives in Connecticut with her husband,  2 kitties and 2 dogs.  Her 2 grown sons live with their families and have blessed Pat with beautiful wives and wonderful grandchildren.

Pat is a proud member of the following organizations

International Machine Quilters Association (IMQA)
www.imqa.org

A world wide machine quilting organization to further professional development.

Member since May 2008

Pat is also a past contributor to the magazine. Read her article about quilt top piecers and longarm quilters jointly entering a quilt in a show.

Narragansett Bay Quilters (NBQA)
www.nbquilts.org

300 member quilt guild in RI

Secretary from  Sept 2006-2009

Member since 1990

Greater Hartford Quilt Guild (GHQG)
www.ghqg.org

Member since 2002 –encompasses several chapters throughout the Greater Hartford.

Worked on 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 Quilt show committee, taking in applications, quilt placement in show & take down.

Heart ‘n Hand Quilt Club

A local Ashford, CT quilt group that meets to make quilts and items for local school and town functions. Member since 2005

Artists Open Studios Of Northeast Connecticut (AOS)
www.aosct.org

100 member artists cooperative

Publicity Chair from fall 2006- current

Member since Spring 2005

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

www.saqa.com

National art quilters group committed to promoting the art quilt through education, exhibits, professional development and documentation

New member Jan 2008

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