My name is Debbie Maddy and I live in a small town in north Texas with my husband of 38 years. We have two grown sons.
Probably like many of you, I learned to sew as a young girl. I did all kinds of needlework and was a garment sewer until 1982 when I learned to quilt. My first quilt was a king-sized sampler cut with paper templates and hand stitched. When I discovered the rotary cutter I felt like I had been riding a horse and had bought a new car. I took every class I could and tried to soak up the knowledge of every teacher.
I soon discovered that no matter what class you are attending or what teacher is teaching, you can always learn something. I soon learned how much I enjoyed sharing my knowledge. I have been teaching quilting now for about 16 years and love every part of it.
I mainly travel to lecture and teach for guilds and some shops. I will teach a private class for eight ladies close to home this weekend and I will be in The Villages, Fruitland, & Leesburg, Florida next week.
I have tried to put a lot of energy into teaching new quilters and designing quilts using what I call my No Diamonds / No "Y" Seams technique. The quilts are based on old designs that used diamonds, but are made with half square triangles.
In 2002 I started a pattern company called Calico Carriage Quilt DesignsÂ®. The majority of my sales are wholesale to shops but I do have a website to promote my products and do some retail sales there.
In 2005 I was invited to tape a segment of Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson and that was a wonderful adventure!
In 2006 I retired from 35 years as a dental hygienist to make quilting my full time job. I started my blog to bring people to my website, but have since discovered that I really enjoy just sharing my travels and experiences with others. I like to share the pictures of classes to inspire others to start something new and to share the fun of taking a class.
I like to share the places I travel to because I enjoy reading about where other people have been. I like to share recipes and restaurant information because food is a very important part of our lives. My youngest son and his girlfriend are both professional chefs. So you can see my life is never boring.
I am going to be giving away a group of 10 patterns. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog and I will do the random drawing on March 11, 2009.
I hope to meet many of you on the blog or in my travels.