Lois Podolny

FEATURED QUILTMAKER

Image INTRODUCING LOIS PODOLNY OF TUCSON

Whether it was knitting, needlepointing, building doll houses, gardening, cooking or baking, I have always enjoyed doing things with my hands. However, 27 years ago, when I was introduced to quilting, I found the primary path I wanted to travel. My first quilt was a double wedding ring I made for my daughter. It had handmade cardboard templates, fabric cut by hand, sewn by hand and was hand quilted. I had bought enough fabric for that one quilt. When it was finished I bought fabric for my next. I was off on my adventure. I was living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I joined the guild and met some amazing women. They invited me to join their mini art quilt group. They introduced me to the concept of a “STASH”. When I asked one of the woman, a terrific art quilter, why she never made anything by hand, she said, “Lois, I’m not going to live long enough to make the quilts I want to make by machine, much less by hand”. That conversation changed my life. One of those women was the program chairman for the Cincinnati Quilt Guild. She brought many nationally recognized teachers to Cincinnati. She also encouraged me to join her at Asilomar for a 5 day class with Paula Nadelstern. By then I was hooked.

I have made my share of traditional quilts, wearable art and cloth dolls but it is the art quilt that tugs at my heart strings. We had moved to Park City, Utah. Although the skiing was great, there were only 22 quilters in the guild. After living there for 7 years, I wanted to move to a city where I would find a quilting community that would inspire me to be the best quilter that I could be. By moving to Tucson my fondest dreams have come true. I have made some very special friends. Their passion, constructive critiques, bodies of work and treasured friendship inspire me every day. I know I will never make all of the quilts I want to make but I am giving it my very best effort. My mother, a non-quilter, once asked me when would I have enough quilts. My answer was, “Never”.



 

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PREVIOUS FEATURED QUILTMAKERS

2008
January's Featured Quiltmaker: May Baker
February's Featured Quiltmaker: Jean Biddick
March's Featured Quiltmaker: Lois Embree Arnold
April's Featured Quiltmaker: Alyce Leach
May's Featured Quiltmaker: Margit Kagerer
June's Featured Quiltmaker: Leigh Elking
July's Featured Quiltmaker: Norde Sebens
August's Featured Quiltmaker: Terri Doyle
September's Featured Quiltmaker: Karen G. Fisher
October's Featured Quiltmaker: Loraine Sample
November's Featured Quiltmaker: Gus Nelson
December's Featured Quiltmaker: Marla Hattabaugh

2009
January's Featured Quiltmaker: Helen Frost
February's Featured Quiltmaker: Linda Erickson
March's Featured Quiltmaker: Reni Dieball
April's Featured Quiltmaker: Nancy Arseneault
May's Featured Quiltmaker: Donna Sylvia
June's Featured Quiltmaker: Linda Caringella
July's Featured Quiltmaker: Carol Collett
August's Featured Quiltmaker: Carol Hood
September's Featured Quiltmaker: Barb Janson
October's Featured Quiltmaker: Hartley Bennett
November's Featured Quiltmaker: Lenna DeMarco
December's Featured Quiltmaker: Wendy Wetzel

2010
February's Featured Quiltmaker: Patty Goodsell
March's Featured Quiltmaker: Penny Allen
April's Featured Quiltmaker: Joan Carrell
May's Featured Quiltmaker: Joanne Ellsworth
June's Featured Quiltmaker: Ken Casey
July's Featured Quiltmaker: Leslie Peacock
August's Featured Quiltmaker: Nora Mohr
September's Featured Quiltmaker: Betty Hahn
October's Featured Quiltmaker: Debbie Stanton
November's Featured Quiltmaker: Gail Fisher
December's Featured Quiltmaker: Betty Foley

2011
January's Featured Quiltmaker: Shelly Voight
February's Featured Quiltmaker: Neva Williams
March's Featured Quiltmaker: Pat Bliss
April's Featured Quiltmaker: Lynn Miller
May's Featured Quiltmaker: Susie Weaver
June's Featured Quiltmaker: Cecilia Clemens
July's Featured Quiltmaker: Ann Petersen
August's Featured Quiltmaker: Natalie Furrey
September's Featured Quiltermaker: Diane Tricka
October's Featured Quiltermaker: Lois Podolny