Joyce Cook

FEATURED QUILTMAKER

Image INTRODUCING JOYCE COOK OF COTTONWOOD

Born in Flagstaff 75 years ago. Graduate of NAU BA and MA in education. School Teacher for 30 years both in Flagstaff and Cottonwood, AZ

First quilt was a result of a 1976 class project by my fourth graders. We were honoring our nation’s birthday and in my naiveté I thought a quilt would be appropriate. The students brought scraps from home….bags and bags of scraps! Each student hand sewed a nine patch quilt of 5” squares and then we all backed and stuffed our quilt’ pillows for Mother’s Day.

Well, all those left-over scraps became a quilt top on my home sewing machine- which I backed with orange polyester and then tied. UGLY! The class held a raffle and the lucky winner presented that quilt right back to me! Oh boy, you gotta’ love it! I still have it and it’s become a treasure.

After retiring and my time was on my own schedule, I became enthralled with the miracle of turning scraps of material into works of beauty. Since retirement I’ve made many quilts of all types, but my one constant seems to be a more traditional quilt. There’s a sense of comfort to me each time all those gorgeous colors come together in perfect (almost!) blocks.

I now have an HQ Avante Longarm quilting machine which I love, and each quilt becomes an opportunity to enhance all that piecing; the best of all in the quilt world.

I have the honor of teaching at our local Cottonwood quilt store, Quilters Quarters, owned by Mary Beth Grosetta. I suppose because of my years of teaching special students, I am patient with beginning quilters and the entire class is thrilled each time we master a new a new skill, starting with that all important one quarter inch seam!

Being a part of the community of quilters has given me so much pleasure and satisfaction. Everyone should be so lucky!



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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
November's Featured Quiltermaker: Gayle Strack