Elizabeth Dackson: Quilter, Blogger, Author and Teacher
I am a total fabric-a-holic and fabric geek. After years of working in hospitals teaching doctors and medical professionals how to use technology in their lectures, I found myself searching for a hobby after my son was born. I found fabric and fell in love. Now, I follow fabric and fabric designers the way others follow celebrity gossip! I’m a stay-at-home mom to a Lego-obsessed six year old little boy, married to my college sweetheart, and dog mom to a very neurotic mutt named Sam who likes to eat blinds in his free time.
Currently, I design quilt patterns and enjoy quilting as my creative outlet as well. I learned to sew in 2010, after buying a sewing machine on a random Sunday trip to a Jo-Ann’s, in the hopes of cultivating a new hobby. Little did I know that I’d be fueling a full-on addiction! I love all things fabric, but I gravitate mostly to making quilts. I find a lot of pleasure in the math and geometry behind quilting as well as the idea of making something with my two hands (and my sewing machine).
My work has been seen in Quilt magazine, Quiltmaker, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Quilts from 100 Blocks, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Quilty, Easy Quilts, Fat Quarterly, Moda Bake Shop, Sew Mama Sew, and more. My first book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, was published in the fall of 2013 and I spend a lot of my time these days giving trunk shows, teaching, and writing new patterns. I try my best to find at least a few minutes each day to do something quilty!
I adore foundation paper-piecing, and run a subscription-based block of the month club through my blog, called the Lucky Stars Block of the Month Club, which features blocks I designed in Electric Quilt. I love using EQ to design quilts and blocks, and especially for designing foundation paper-pieced blocks!