Midway through college, Sarah J Maxwell moved into her first apartment and one of her first possessions there was a pink dogwood quilt her mom sent along to serve as a bedspread. It was appliqu d in the 1930s and presumably from one of the popular kits of the era. Sarah grew up in the Lake of the Ozarks, where the dogwood blossoms always signaled the start of spring, so the quilt was a welcome reminder of home.


A few years later, Sarah decided to make a quilt to welcome her first child. Armed with scissors and a Teach Yourself to Quilt book, she cut out and hand pieced a quilt and a life-long love affair with quilting ensued.


Along with designing fabric and patterns, Sarah works as an Aurifil Thread designer and Grace Quilting Company ambassador. More than 150 of her original designs have been published over the last twenty years. Her original quilts have also been juried into QuiltCon, International Quilt Festival and various AQS shows.


Sarah is the author of Morse Code Quilts and Fresh Modern Quilts from Traditional Blocks.  She has a new book coming from C&T Publishing in 2022.


Look for Sarahs classes at national shows and at quilt guilds and shops. Her focus is on helping quilters develop confidence in using color and fabrics in quilts. Classes include skill builders with an emphasis on piecing tips and tricks to improve speed and accuracy. She also loves to teach quilters how to use templates to conquer any shape.  Many of her classes are available as either rotary cut & machine pieced projects or hand piecing projects.


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