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Geraldine Wilkins

Quilting Industry Partner

Promoted Instructor

Westalee Design Accredited Teacher

Virginia (anywhere in the US and internationally) (willing to travel)

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About The Instructor

A native New Yorker, Geraldine Wilkins moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to begin her photojournalism career at the Los Angeles Times. After a successful 11-year career that garnered a Pulitzer Prize, she moved to Virginia in 2005 to work for a worldwide Christian magazine.

Her photos continue to be published by the Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. Geraldine’s photos have also been published in National Geographic, A Mother’s Touch (1998), Swat Teams-Career Heroes (2016)

She began her quilting journey with a Virginia church group in 2006.Since then, she has made many quilts and is a member three quilt guilds. She is a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Modern Quilt Guild, where she was the Program/Educational Director in 2018.

As a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher, an Island Batik Ambassador and Designer, and a former Juki America Educator Geraldine lectures and teaches at quilt shops, retreats, and guilds. She also shares her love of quilting on her blog www.livingwaterquilter.com and social media outlets.

Her quilts have exhibited in local and regional quilt shows, national touring events and shows with Hoffman Fabrics,  American Quilt Society Quilt Week at Paducah, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, curated exhibits at the Virginia Quilt Museum and juried Sacred Threads 2019 exhibit.

Featured in “Designer Spotlight “article published in the July/August 2019 issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

Geraldine is a contributor to the following quilt books, 1000 Quilt Inspirations 2015, The Quilter’s Planner 2017 and 2020, and Free Motion Framework, 2018. View her quilt designs in McCall’s Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and Pre-Cut Patchwork magazines.  Her work as been featured on the websites of quilt industry partners, Island Batik, AccuQuilt, Sew Steady, Quilter’s Dream Batting, and Quilt in a Day.

Classes / Workshops

Lecture and Trunk Show

  • From Backstage to Main Stage – Drama and surface design with rulers – View quilts, wall hangings, placemats and other projects that showcase ruler quilting. Learn how each project is part of a journey to successful quilting on a domestic machine.

Demonstration and Trunk Show

  • Quilting is made easy with Westalee Design ruler foot and quilting templates! Learn how easy it is to quilt your project with the Westalee Design ruler system. A live camera demonstration, trunk show and Power Point presentation includes a large variety of physical samples quilted with Westalee rulers. 

Beginner Ruler Classes

  1. Introduction to Ruler Quilting – Learn tools and techniques for free-motion quilting with acrylic templates on a domestic machine. Learn how to use the Westalee Design system with the six-piece Sampler Set 1 and 12” Arc.
  2. Power Curves – One Ruler, Many Designs –  Learn several Serpentine ruler designs and techniques. Select a learned design, quilt a pre-printed quilt panel and make a pillow.
  3. Power Lines – One Ruler Many Designs – Learn the power of using one ruler to create many designs and ruler techniques with the 12″ Arc ruler. Practice techniques and stitch a learned design on a pre-printed quilt panel.
  4. One Ruler, Many Designs – Ovals – Learn the versatility of the three-piece Oval set by exploring border, continuous designs, and  the beauty of multiple pass designs.

Designing with Rulers

  1. ABCs of Ruler Quilting – Learn design techniques for edge-to-edge, borders and centered block designs with Sampler Set 1. Use learned techniques to apply designs to a pre-printed panel. Plus, we will review eight different design ideas applied to same preprinted panel.
  2. Designing with Rulers – Learn how to design with a Crosshair Square using one ruler to create multiple designs and transfer them to a star quilt. Also learn how to combine templates to create a cohesive design.
  3. Ruler & Free-Motion Surface Design – Design a Medallion with Circles on Quilts. Then fill circles with Spin-e-Fex Feathers and your favorite free-motion quilting fills

Specialty Rulers

  1. Border Lines – Learn five border template techniques with Continuous border set. Designs are great for borders, sashing, negative space and edge-to-edge fillers.
  2. Line Drawing with Thread – Using a Log Cabin quilt block, learn how Mini Fill templates are perfect for small details in an art quilt.

7 thoughts on “Geraldine Wilkins

  1. Geraldine:

    Attending the ABC’s of Ruler Quilting Workshop in February 2020, I was so impressed with your knowledge, teaching skills, and patience with our large group at Glory Bees, Fallston. You are a wonderful lady with so many talents. I was glad to be able to read your information on Sew Steady’s web site. Congratulations on being highlighted as one of their star instructors. Enjoy life, keep motivating others, and do what makes you feel great! Thanks again.

    Since February, I have ruler quilted a quilt for a veteran neighbor, made a few table runners that have been ruler quilted with the sample pack, and am currently planning out the designs for two other quilts. Thank you for you inspiration and confidence.


  2. I recently had a terrific time at Dena’s trunk show and beginning design class at Dover Sewing Center here in Delaware. I was both challenged and inspired by this wonderful teacher to get the most from my ruler templates and take my quilting to a whole new level. Thank you!

  3. Loved our class with Dena. She was an outstanding teacher, so willing to share her amazing talent and insight on how to create designs with the Westalee rulers and templates.

  4. Had a wonderful class with the most patient, caring teacher I have every come across. She works with you explaining till you understand the process of the design you are working on. Highly recommend her classes you will leave feeling that you can accomplish any design in the world. She is a excellent educator

  5. Geraldine just did a trunk show and 2 workshops at Delaware Sewing Center and I was so inspired. It is amazing how much she can do with each template and the way she teaches with patience and helpfulness is outstanding. She shows step by step how to do each exercise and gives time for some practicing to make sure we got it. Love her workshops and hope to attend some more.

  6. Had a good day learning how to design quilt patterns. Dena is a very good teacher, letting you figure how she made patterns and giving detailed instructions on how to do the patterns your self

  7. Outstanding educator!
    Dena is excellent. Step by step education. Dena did not rush at any time in the two day event. Not a minute was wasted time, as well.
    One of the best educators, she got down to business and taught a remarkable class.
    Your company has an asset, not be ignored.
    Thank you, for sharing her and her talent.

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