Meet Maureen Greeson.
She's that pretty woman in the photos above, studying a piece of trim that Candace was sharing in our ribbonwork workshop last week.
I'm sorry not to show you a clearer picture of Maureen but this is exactly how Maureen likes it.
She doesn't like to get her picture taken. She doesn't like to be "front and center" or to give speeches in front of groups.
But there is a quiet greatness about Maureen that speaks through her work. This rose I showed you the other day is hers...
Maureen's attention to detail and expectation of excellence is what makes her one of the best workshop organizers I've ever met.
She is an accomplished and award-winning needle artist, and a discerning shop owner who carries only the finest supplies.
This dollhouse piece is exquisite and won Best in Show in Sew Beautiful magazine a few years back. The pictures just don't do this piece justice. Everything is handmade by Maureen...including the doll!!!
But beyond her beautiful work, I am most grateful to Maureen for her generosity. Maureen shares her knowledge and her treasures without reservation. And, no doubt about it, I am a better crazy quilter because of her.
To see Maureen...her "store"...her home...her embroidery...was like meeting a hero whose baseball cards I've collected for years.
Photos of these blocks below have been part of my inspiration "bible" of crazy quilting and I think I know every inch of them by heart...just like a young boy would know all the stats of his favorite player.
When I first started crazy quilting, I absorbed every inch of Maureen's work and started my stash building with treasures from her store. She sent out a regular newsletter with all kinds of tips and vintage inspiration and I devoured each one. I still have copies of those newsletters in a binder for reference.
I am thrilled to be helping Maureen with An Adventure in Crazy Quilting in April where Sharon Boggon, Allison Aller and Betty Pillsbury will be teaching. We visited the event venue while I was in Connecticut. It's absolutely beautiful...down to the last detail...just as you would expect.
So, should there ever be a Hall of Fame for Crazy Quilting, I'd be the first to cast my vote to induct Maureen Greeson.
Thanks for everything Maureen.
From your loyal fan,