I joined the guild in 2019. It's exciting to learn new techniques and share ideas. I love the peace that working on a quilt brings, and treasure the friends I've made through the guild.
Jo Ann Mendenhall
Jo Ann loves to quilt!
I grew up in a sewing and quilting family. I learned to sew and quilt from my Grandmother and Mother. I picked quilting back up a few years ago after spending my time training horses. I enjoy trying out new quilting techniques and patterns. My favorites are pieced quilts and appliqué. My other passion is competing in trap shooting.
I started sewing as a child, making doll clothes. My first quilt wasn’t until 2017 when I found a design online, and I used lots of scraps…I was hooked. I joined the SQC in 2019.
VP of Membership
I learned to quilt in the mid-90’s with a little book titled “Quilting for People Who Don’t Have Time to Quilt” written by Marti Michell. I made 5 different quilts using the chain piecing methods I learned in her books. I was hooked! I still enjoy chain piecing but have expanded my quilting techniques to improvisational piecing and landscape quilts. I look forward to new and fun ways to connect with quilters!
VP of Programs
I made my first quilt for our new-born son James in 1987 using pre-cut hexagons I had found in a Laura Ashley store in London. Somewhat by trial and error I was able to piece the top and worked out how to layer and finish the piece into a usable quilt. I didn’t revisit quilting until I made one that incorporated cross-stitched flower blocks into a simple bed quilt using sashing pieces. The size of the quilt was quite a challenge for me and my simple home sewing machine! When we bought a home in St Pete, I was delighted to find a selection of fabric and craft stores in the area and while exploring them found block-of-the-month packs on sale so decided to try piecing something more challenging. I gradually taught myself various piecing, applique and quilting techniques and became more and more interested in quilting in general. At the moment I am enjoying making wall-hangings that incorporate both piecing and raw-edge applique. I love being a member of Suncoast Quilting Circle and have found not only friendship but advice, guidance and inspiration as my quilting journey continues.
Member at Large
I am a retired registered nurse who enjoys taking quilting classes and making charity quilts. I have been quilting off and on for about 12 years.
Member at Large
As a third-generation quilter, I was piecing a simple nine-piece block when I was 9. Many, many years later, I find myself thoroughly enjoying everything about quilting… making quilts, hanging out with quilters, researching fabrics, and learning new techniques. Being a member of the SQC has given me all of that, and I’m happy to be part of the leadership that strives to keep this Guild exciting for its members, offering what’s new in the quilting world while respecting the traditions that are still relevant today.
Originally from California, I moved to Florida in 2014 to follow my daughter and grandchildren. I am a retired (after 50 years) critical care nurse/nurse educator. I began quilting in 1976, and my first quilt was a state bird applique done as a group project for a raffle fundraiser. Since then, I have made many quilts for friends and charity.
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