DEMO Day at Sew Downtown
824 9th ST., Greeley, CO
10:00 am - NOON
Meet the published quilt designer and national instructor Margaret Brewster Willingham.
Margaret Brewster Willingham is the founder and creative force of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design. She is a retired professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. “I used to choreograph dances. Now I choreograph quilts.”
“Two things inspire me”, says Willingham, “Creating things of beauty, and helping others to find their creative voice while gaining the skills to make beautiful things. Behind me in all of this is God, the ultimate creator of all beauty”.
Margaret, a quilter who specializes in hand and machine applique and reverse applique and designing uniquely elegant patterns, fell in love with all things fabric and beautiful at home. She grew up with a legacy of family heirlooms, including the hand work of her ancestors. She remembers fondly going through the trunks of lovely linens and quilts hand-stitched with decorative threads to grace a table or a bed made by her great-great grandmothers.
Though she made her first quilts as a teenager, she began quilting in earnest in the mid-1990’s, but has been sewing and embroidering since she was 10.
Many of the designs Margaret creates for Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design were inspired by the craft men’s work of the Victorian Era, where the necessary functionality of a thing was imbued with a touch of elegance. She has been a pattern designer for Island Batiks and EBI Fabric since the spring of 2015, and for RJR Fabrics, Batik Textiles and Timeless Treasures since 2016.
Margaret’s reverse applique patterns have been picked up by Keepsake Quilting, Nancy's Notions and Annie's. Her Twinkling Flurries Quilt pattern was published in Fons & Porter’s Holidays Magazine, October 2016, Giving Hearts block in 100 Quilt Blocks, Vol.14, and Pacific Splash came out recently in issue 132 of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, 2018. She had a blog, “Trace, Baste, Snip& Stitch” published in AQS On Point, February 15, 2017. She was a featured Designer with American Quilt Retailer, “Meet Me in St. Louis” and at Houston International (2017).
“I love that touch of elegance”, says Willingham. “Quilting gives us the chance to decorate the lives of those we love with a touch of elegance. As I realize these designs in silks, batiks, cottons and wool, I play with pattern, color and texture, re-visioning the architectural motifs into quilted pieces.”
Since 2014, Margaret’s quilts have been juried into Road to California, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Coming Up Roses, AQS Des Moines, New England Quilt Festival, Kansas City Regional Quilt Show and AQS Grand Rapids. She currently has a one-woman show of selected quilts on display at Trinity Episcopal Church in the fellowship hall, February - April 2018.