Julie Tuller

Broken Arrow, OK

Quilt Name:  Fireworks

I was taught to sew from both my mother and my grandmother at a very young age.  I began with learning how to sew garments, but have really found a love of quilting in the past 15 years.  I very much enjoy the process of creating a quilt from beginning to end. I have had many wonderful women along the way who have taught me many more sewing skills. I hope that my contribution to Sari Bari may help other women enrich their lives through the art of sewing.

 

 

 

Mary Jerz

Charlotte, NC

Quilt Name: Pathway to Freedom

I live in Charlotte, North Carolina (originally from Chicago, Illinois) and have a lifetime of sewing experience.  I started sewing apparel and then expanded to home interior sewing and quilt making.  I also have a long arm quilting business, Seamless Expressions.  I have a passion for textiles, pattern, and color and enjoy exploring construction…piecing, composing, and arranging.  I received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from Savannah College of Art & Design and worked as a woven textile designer at textile mills in North Carolina.  I am a member of the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild, Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild, and the Greater Charlotte Workroom Association.  Making a Sari Bari quilt was an opportunity for me to use my quilting skills and give back to a wonderful organization that supports women’s freedom and hope for a new life.  I was honored to participate in this program.

 

 

Stacy Wright

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Quilt Name: Sunset Squares

Stacy has been sewing since she was nine years old, starting with clothing for herself and her dolls, then moving on to aprons and Halloween costumes for her son. She started quilting nine years ago, when she needed a way to use up all the scraps of fabric she accumulated over the years.  She lives a quiet life in Wisconsin with her family and their cat.

 

Kimberlee Patton

Crest Hill, IL

Quilt Name: Made with Love

I am a homeschooling mother of two. I love working at the library as a page. I have been sewing for 8 years and like to quilt as a way of carrying on my granny’s legacy. I love to use my sewing talents whenever possible to help victims of bondage so that they may be able to live in freedom.

 


Jane Swanson

Tulsa, OK

Quilt Name: Amethyst Diamonds

I have sewn all my life:  clothes, costumes, drapes, toys, school projects, art projects, backdrops and upholstery.  But have only been quilting for just a few years.  I find making quilts the most satisfying because they are creative, functional and is something that will live on long past me.  I feel strongly about participating in the Sari Bari Quilt Project because I have had such a lucky life, never knowing the struggles of many of the women in the world.  I hope that my quilt will benefit some of them.

 

Ann Cook and Leann Barczi

Sunnyvale, California and Boston, Massachusetts

Quilt Name: Walk This Way

My mom and I were introduced to Sari Bari last year through a friend and both participated in the quilt auction separately. This year we opted to work together despite living on separate coasts. My mom, Ann, prepped all the material, cut the pieces and mailed half of them across the country for me to assemble. She has done the final piecing, assembling, and quilting. Quilting has been passed down several generations in our family. This has been a terrific opportunity for my mom and I to share a project and contribute to a wonderful cause. We share a love of being outside, of gardening, of cooking and eating good food, spending time together with our family, and we relish a creative challenge. When not carving out time for these things, my mom works as a university accountant and I stay home with my three kiddos, ages six, four and two.

 

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