Teri Gail Smith - Teacher
"My love of quilting began in 2006. A friend at work brought in quilts she had made and I caught the bug. After devouring quilt books and magazines, my first quilt was a king size Log Cabin by Eleanor Burns for a wedding gift. From there, I made quilts for other family members and for charities. Paper piecing the 121-block Civil War “Love Letters” quilt by Rosemary Youngs has been my favorite completed project to date. It was gifted to my brother who is a Civil War buff. I will never forget his reaction to that quilt.
In 2012, my sweet husband purchased a longarm quilting machine that I had been dreaming about! I am the proud owner of the APQS Millennium with a 12-foot table.
I retired from my full-time job at the end of 2016 to devote more time to family. Now I am a full-time “hobby” quilter residing in Murfreesboro, TN.
We all have our own humble beginning in the quilting world and I take every opportunity to teach others the craft of quilt making and to share my love for this timeless art.
Blessings and Happy Quilting!"
Linda Clark – Teacher
"Even though my grandmother, aunt and mother had been quilting for years, I didn’t start quilting until after my children were grown. Watching them quilt gave me the love for quilting, but I didn’t realize until I started how enjoyable and satisfying it would be.
Quilting is a step by step learned process. And each quilter begins at the same place.
After making many quilts I soon found my love to add to my quilts. Needle turn appliqué, I love the fact that I can piece a quilt at my sewing machine but always have something to sew by at my chair each night.
My passion is not only teaching women to quilt but also to pass down the art of sewing by hand.
To quilt is to put your hand on tomorrow. Passing down for generations your love for quilting. Leaving each child or grandchild a little of what you love so much. Putting a smile on a face when you hand off a quilt that you have worked so hard on."
Michelle Seagroatt - Retreat Coordinator and Property Manager
"I had been working in corporate America for almost 15 years. My husband and I had a son in 2016 and spending time away from him was difficult. Through mutual connections, I was introduced to Lyvonn Reese. I was presented an opportunity to work more with people and spend time with my son. Excited and nervous leaving what I only knew, I can confidently say I made the right decision. I can’t sew a button on and I’m not very crafty. I’m a people person, enjoy listening to stories and watching projects come to life."