Stacia Lindahl moved to Green Valley in June 2020 from the San Francisco Bay area. Stacia learned to sew as a young girl from her mother and grandmother but did not embrace quilting until her own daughter was two years old. Initially Stacia attended quilt classes as a student; where her confidence and skill grew, she then began teaching at her local quilt store and followed with classes at locations throughout Northern California.
Stacia is a prolific quilter with hundreds of quilts gifted and many more stacked in her home studio. Whether designing original quilts, piecing fast & fun simple quilts or constructing intricate paper pieced or applique work, Stacia immerses herself in fabric.
She loves sharing her experiences through teaching and assisting quilters achieve their individual creative vision through color and fabric. Look for the variety of classes offered by Stacia, from beginner to experienced piecing as well as skills sessions, small project workshops and mystery quilt events.
I learned to sew in High School, (4 years) When I married, and had children I made most of their clothes. Also, a friend had a daughter in figure skating and
she got me started sewing costumes for the skaters. Then in 1992 I decided to take some classes from a Berninia Dealer in Casper, WY and have been quilting ever since. When we moved to Elko, NV I stared to teach quilting at a quilt shop there for 8 years. Moving to Tucson in 2005 I had a chance to work for Berninia inside of the Hancock Store, and did classes there, till the store was closed. Since then, I have taught only at our quilting group in Marana till the Covid-19 hit all of us!! I now live in Copper Crest 55+ place, we have a small group here and have taught several classes.
Jacquelyn Morris-Smith a.k.a. “The Stitching’ RN”
I have been sewing since a very young girl and found my true passion in the world of quilting in 2007. I took many lessons, learned the hard way-made lots of mistakes, had uneven seams, wonky and uneven blocks, forced the blocks together, and still I have progressed. I love to teach others, after all, since I have made all the mistakes no one else has too. My teaching goals are simple: to let students learn a technique and find their way out of an "oops" moment. There is nothing that can't be fixed, and I like to see my students having a stress free, fun-filled time and all the while finishing with a positive experience.
I began teaching quilting in 2007 while working at a quilt shop in Green Valley, AZ. I enjoyed that experience as it forced me to learn even more techniques than I wanted to learn. One day, in 2015 I was web browsing different organizations and found the Sulky Certification application, which I filled out. Soon a letter from them came inviting me to start in a few weeks their next certification program. In 2016, I did finish a Certified Quilting certification. I have been privileged to speak and teach at several guilds in AZ, California and Utah-as well as on cruise ships. In 2017 and 2018 I accepted a teaching position with American Quilt Society’s Quilt Week show Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 2010, my daughter Michelle and I started planning and escorting quilting cruises, as the Program Manager I found an instructor for each of our cruises, and we have been Stitching and Sailing ever since. I retired as Program manager in 2018, took work with Cathey’s Vacuum and Sewing and taught many classes in that role. While at Cathey’s I also completed certifications with AccuQuilt, and OESD Embroidery.
Susanne Phillips has made a successful business of original art including polymer clay, yard art and quilting. She will be sharing her expertise through teaching here at Quilt Central Studio. We look forward to her creative and innovative projects and are sure you will enjoy it too. Look for her on our calendar and under "Classes".
I'm so happy to join the team of instructors at Quilt Central Studio. I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager and began quilting about 20 years ago. I started out slowly, making a wreath wall hanging and then took a block of a month class at a local quilt shop, made my first quilt top. I had a very busy career, working for a large tech company in Northern California, so was only able to quilt now and then.
After taking an early retirement about eight years ago, I’ve been more creative than ever, and fully embraced my love of being a quilt maker. I started my own business, called Rose Bush Quilts and have been teaching classes in Northern California, designing my own quilts and became a Certified Instructor for the set of tools created by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design. I’ve come to Southern Arizona for several months a year for the last 15 years, visiting family.
Since 2020 and the COVID crisis, I decided to relocate permanently and have been very happy with that decision. I look forward to meeting some of you in my classes where the main focus will be to share knowledge, learn and mostly importantly, have fun.
Debb specializes in "Parker on the Porch" embroidery bags and will be scheduling classes at Quilt Central Studio in the upcoming months. Look for her on our calendar and under "Classes".
Janet Spinks is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor and will join the teaching professionals at Quilt Central Studio in the Fall of 2022. We are excited to have this expert level of quilts and techniques taught in Green Valley by a Certified Instructor!
Arlene brings over fifty years of experience in quilt making and design to her classes. She started back when a quilt maker used cereal boxes as template material, but she was hooked. Back in Minnesota she began expanding by hand quilting for others as well a quilt repair. Her personal quilting began to take over when she discovered needle turn applique. What fun! Now she could draw a picture and put it into fabric.
In 1994 she started Arlene Walsh Designs, a quilt pattern company that specialized in Southwest designs. Arlene has lectured and taught in shops and at guilds across the southwest until retirement in 2018. She lives in Green Valley with her husband, Larry, of 56 years. Quilt Central Studio is now her home away from home.
Sheryl was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Sheryl's sewing experience began at age 9 when her mother taught her to make a reversible skirt. She sewed garments for many years, then discovered quilting in 1995. Garment sewing stopped abruptly; she had found my passion. Her profession was in the computer industry and she found the stress of the job was balanced by the creative outlet quilting provided. Sheryl became a certified Quilt-In-A-Day instructor and enjoyed sharing what she had learned with my friends and family.
A year after moving to Green Valley, Sheryl began working in a local quilt shop, teaching beginning quilting and bag/purse making until the shop closed. Quilting and bag-making have been her main hobbies and she has also found some time for beading, occasional garment-making and paper crafts.