Program: Debbie Wendt
Debbie has combined her passion for sewing, quilting and teaching into a business that is truly on the go — Wendt Quilting.
Debbie is a home economics teacher by profession. This midwest girl began quilting in 1986 after taking a Continuing Education class. Sewing has always been at the top of her list of what defines her. Growing up she was enthralled with her grandmothers and their abilities as seamstresses. When fitting clothes took the fun out of the sewing, she turned to quilting. It was a great way to collect fabric and continue using her sewing skills.
Her quilting passion grew when she moved to Egypt after the marriage to her prince charming, Bob Wendt. Learning more advanced quilting skills from dear friends, Chris and Leslie, she gained a foundation. They began a quilting group that was later named “Quilters in deNile”. A move to Monroe, LA broadened her knowledge with guidance and encouragement from the Tuesday Bee’s and the North Louisiana Quilters Guild. She and Bob moved back to Egypt where she was able to step right back into the quilting group she had started. With teaching quilting now her favorite pastime, her students included expats as well as Egyptians and Sudanese refugees living in Cairo. “Teaching the World to Quilt” was the article she wrote about teaching the refugees, published by AQS in the American Quilter Spring 2004.
Now a resident of Massachusetts, Debbie continues in many quilting endeavors. She is an active member of Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilters Guild. She owns a Nolting 18” Longarm quilting machine and quilts for others. Her love of teaching quilting now includes the “machine” quilting world.
Lecture – Egyptian Tentmakers Appliqué
Egyptian Tentmakers Appliqué is one of the oldest known forms of quilting. Tentmakers are artisans in Cairo that work with cotton fabric making intricate and unique designs. I lived in Egypt for 8 years and loved visiting and purchasing pieces from the Tentmakers. I look forward to sharing my collection, stories and photos of the tentmakers and the stitching traditions they are still doing today!
More about Debbie at: http://www.wendtquilting.com/