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Barbara Dierolf

Promoted Instructor

Stratford, CT (willing to travel)

About The Instructor

I found Westalee Design ruler template quilting videos while searching YouTube for channels about free motion quilting. This technique so intrigued me, I immediately ordered the Westalee Design Foot and template starter set.  The day my order arrived, I began using it and ruler template quilting quickly became my passion.  I am addicted to quilting with templates, but particularly the Westalee Design template system.  The variety and precision, the videos and idea books Sew Steady makes available, the social media interaction with other quilters all contribute to why I believe Westalee Design is the best choice any ruler template quilter  could make.

For twenty years my life revolved around building and running a highly successful insurance agency in my home town of Stamford, CT.  While my success earned me many achievement awards and recognition, I longed to have the freedom to be artistically creative.  I received my first sewing machine (a toy Singer with a crank-wheel) when I was eight years old.  My mother taught me to make doll clothes and little doll quilts.  Once I retired as an agency owner, my real sewing adventures began.  I learned to tailor from a nun at a local convent who was an expert tailor.  A friend convinced me to learn how to smock and do heirloom sewing which lead me to make an heirloom style quilt.  My mother was a member of the local quilt guild and invited me to one of her meetings.  Thus began my quilt journey to the point where for six years I was the proud owner of my own quilt shop Jigglestitch. My favorite activity was teaching beginner quilting and more advanced quilting skills and free motion quilting.

It is that same quilt guild my mother introduced me to (now over 200 members), where I have been showing and sharing my adventure with Westalee ruler template quilting.  My excitement and enthusiasm for this product line and technique is contagious.  I am scheduled to teach at the Guild next September due to popular demand and have also been asked to schedule classes at several local quilt shops to teach ruler quilting techniques.  In May, I’ve been invited to teach at a quilting retreat in Southbury, Ct.

Nothing is more fun than sharing and teaching ruler template quilting skills so more quilters can enjoy the satisfaction of getting beautiful quilting results on their domestic sewing machines without the need to invest thousands of dollars into a longarm machine.  As a quilter and a former shop owner, I know and understand both the quilters need to be comfortable quilting with ruler templates and the shop owner’s need to know how to help their customers understand a new product line and how to use and enjoy it. As a former shop owner I was also a Pfaff sewing machine dealer, so I had to become familiar with quite a few brands of sewing machines. This experience makes it easier for me to help new students with first time set up on their own machines.

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