Sherry McConnell -

I am a quilter, sometimes designer, teacher and lecturer. After completing my 6-year term on the Board of Directors of The Quilters Hall of Fame I now serve as Exhibits Co-Chair for the Historic Marie Webster House home of The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. I love my work as a freelance technical editor, pattern tester and sample maker for several companies and designers including Benartex Fabrics, RJR Fabrics, Windham Fabrics, Free Spirit Fabrics and Quiltsmart.

My Grandmother and Great Aunt were quilters for hire in northeastern Kentucky and I try to follow in their footsteps. Quilts were always in our lives and I was taught to sew before I was 7 because I had long legs and could reach the foot pedal! My Mother and I were always sewers and quilters but took a class in 1978 at the Anderson Area Vocational School that was being taught by Kathleen McClary, Curator of Social History at the Indiana State Museum. (she has since retired) We completed two semesters of classes at a cost of $20. Our final consisted of making a hand pieced and hand quilted quilt after which we were presented a diploma. I still have mine and my mother's as I lost Mother 34 years ago. My home is in Anderson, Indiana with Tom, my husband of 46 years. We have four lovely daughters and their husbands along with two lively grandsons, two precious granddaughters and two darling great-grandchildren.

Past Sewing Information:
Jo-Ann Fabrics - sample maker in the late 70's and early 80's.

Nancy Odom (Fabric Designer for P & B) - Sample maker and pattern tester.

Current Information:

Books & Publications:
"Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts" by Cynthia England (England Designs). - Editor in Chief
"Scrap Happy" by Georgia Bonesteel
"Just Spooling Around" by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals - samples and tech editing
"Home to Roost" by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals - samples and tech editing
Individual patterns by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals - samples and tech editing

Pieced the quilts for the following:
"Creative New Quilts & Projects" by Wendy Sheppard (publisher: Landauer)
"Village Square" by Wendy Sheppard (McCalls Quilting - Cover). (Part of a piecing team)
"Snowfall" by Wendy Sheppard (American Patchwork & Quilting - Cover).

(An expanded list of magazine quilts can be given on request.)

Current Clients for Technical Editing and Sample Making:
Benartex Fabrics
Windham Fabrics/Baum Textiles/Anthology
RJR Fabrics
Free Spirit Fabrics - sample making only at this time.
Michael Miller Fabrics
BluPrint (formerly Craftsy)
Quiltsmart - Mattie Rhodes - Owner/Developer
Project House 360 - Christine Stainbrook/Pattern Designer
Crimson Tate Quilt Shop - Heather Givens/Fabric Designer for Windham Fabrics
gen X quilters - AnneMarie Chany - Owner/Pattern Designer
Coriander Quilts -Corey Yoder - Owner & Pattern Designer/Fabric Designer for Moda.
Whimsicals -Terri Degenkolb - Owner & Pattern Designer/ Fabric Designer for Windham
Quilty Box - Monthly Subscription Box
Gingiber - Stacie Bloomfield - Pattern Designer/Fabric Designer for Moda
Crabtree Arts Collective - Natalie Crabtree - Pattern Designer/Writer - Joel Crabtree - Graphics
Toby Lischko - Pattern Designer
Diane Nagle - Pattern Designer
Love Bug Studios - Ebony Love/Owner/Designer

I work with a wonderful and talented group of quilters who have taken over most of the sample making. The Technical Editing is what I love to do and I enjoy working with so many amazing designers and companies.

More information can be provided upon request as well as references.