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Sandi's Bio

Sandi Blackwell         

 

Wheeling, WV  26003

(304) 281-6458 stitchedbuy@aol.com 

 

Sandi is a West Virginian and has been a home sewer for most of her life.  She started quilting in 1992 and has since received over 50 ribbons for her quilted works. 

 

In 1996 she began her own quilt business named “Stitched Buy”.  Sandi’s work is sold primarily locally but can be found at select locations across the United States.  She makes quilts of all types and styles from miniature to king size, from pet quilts to wall hangings.  She quilts both by hand and machine.

 

Sandi is an artisan of the Wheeling Artisan Center in Wheeling, West Virginia and the state artisan project “MountainMade.com” (an internet shopping catalog for West Virginia artisans).  Several of her quilts were selected to be on display at the Ideal Home Exhibition in London, England in 2000, and the West Virginia High-Tech Foundation in Fairmont in 2001.  In March, 2001 she had a wall hanging juried into the West Virginia Culture & History quilt show.

 

One of her winning miniature quilts was published in the “Miniature Quilts” magazine #48 in July, 2000 and was featured on the cover.

 

In May of 2001 Sandi was juried into Tamarack, the premiere West Virginia artisan outlet located in Beckley, WV.  Her work is now on display and sale there since 2001. Her works there include a line of “antiqued” table toppers, table mats, wall hangings, miniatures, and laps quilts as well as special orders.

 

In March of 2002 Sandi created a commissioned full size patriotic quilt for the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, which traveled around the state before being raffled off at their convention in September 2002.  Since then, she has designed and created the quilts for several years and is currently working on the 2012 design.
 

In 2003 she completed a commissioned wall hanging for the lobby of the Stonewall Jackson Convention & Resort Center in West Virginia.  Over the years she has completed several commissioned works for the Wheeling Heritage Association.

 

Quilt Magazine has published several of her quilts and patterns including her prize winning quilt "A Trip Around Mother's Flower Garden" in “Miniature Quilt Ideas” #35 of October 2002.
 
One of Sandi’s greatest pleasures is talking to people and demonstrating the world of quilting to others.  She has done numerous quilt demonstrations for the Wheeling Artisan Center, the West Virginia MountainMade.com center (Washington DC and Thomas, WV), as well as numerous local craft fairs and schools.  She enjoys traveling and has met quilters in her travels from Northern Europe (Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands) as well as numerous locations in North America.  Sandi is also an educator for quilt cruises and bus tours.

 

She teaches classes (both beginner and advanced techniques) at a Wheeling quilt shop and for quilting groups as well as private lessons.  Sandi has been accepted into the National Quilt Association teacher certification program.

 

She is a member of AQS, NQA, Fort Henry Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and the West Virginia Quilters Association. She was also selected as the NQA Member in the Spotlight for October 2010.  She has had  blocks accepted and published in Volume 3 and Volume 8 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks .

 

Sandi’s has been successful as a published author.  Her first book "Square-agonals; A New Angle on Quilting" was released in September of 2010 and a line of patterns in November 2011, book two "Square-agonals; 12 Easy Pieces" in May 2012, and a third book, "Simply Sensational Square-agonals Quilts" in May, 2013, and another line of patterns in November 2013.  My fourth book "Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts" will be released in November 2015!  They are all based on the "Square-agonals" technique that she has developed.  She is also working on other quilt publications, another line of patterns, and is now designing quilt patterns for several fabric companies.

Her newest venture is as an instructor for Craftsy.com.  Her class "Sensational Square-agonals" was released in March 2014.
 
Sandi resides in Wheeling, West Virginia with her supportive husband of 42 years.
 Rev 05/14
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