by Rachel Derstine
I know this is not what you are expecting but I have two degrees in piano. I’ve taught piano, from beginner to college level, for 42 years. I have loved teaching and I still teach piano, although the quilting has almost taken over my life. I also have loved sewing from the time I was around 11.
Fast forward to when my children left home and I found myself wanting to quilt and sew all day right up until my students walked in the door. In 2011 I got the nerve up to submit a quilt to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Competition and I’ve never looked back. I won Judges Choice, then went on to win many more awards at New Jersey, Albuquerque, Paducah, and more.
I have also sold my quilts, table runners and bags at fine art and craft shows across the country. I have won awards at those venues, as well. My work hangs in corporate venues such as Epic Corporation in Madison Wisconsin and at Milton Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
As I met people across the country the last few years I kept hearing over and over, that they wished they would have the time and the ability to learn to quilt and sew. It seemed there was a very strong desire in people to learn this skill.
That is what drove me to begin offering online quilting and sewing courses and here I am. I hope what is offered here will be just the ticket for you.
I welcome your feedback and let me know if you have more ideas of what you’d like to learn.