Peggy Szasz's Profile

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As a young girl in East Texas, I remember, fondly,
wandering into the neighborhood fabric store just to
look at all the pretty fabrics...very pretty
stuff...little did I know then that I would be the
impassioned quilter I am today.

My serious introduction to quilting began in 1989 by
happy accident. My husband's assistant wanted me to
take a quilting class, but I had no desire to do so.
After a couple of weeks my husband, Nick, asked me to
please just go take the class to get his assistant off
his case.

So, off to class I went. I immediately fell in love
with quilting and remain passionate about this art
form, to this very day. I think I've learned a lot
and I trust you'll love what I am producing now in…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 29
  • Joined February 5, 2009

Favorite materials

Batiks, challenging landscape quilts, McKenna Ryan quilts

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About

As a young girl in East Texas, I remember, fondly,
wandering into the neighborhood fabric store just to
look at all the pretty fabrics...very pretty
stuff...little did I know then that I would be the
impassioned quilter I am today.

My serious introduction to quilting began in 1989 by
happy accident. My husband's assistant wanted me to
take a quilting class, but I had no desire to do so.
After a couple of weeks my husband, Nick, asked me to
please just go take the class to get his assistant off
his case.

So, off to class I went. I immediately fell in love
with quilting and remain passionate about this art
form, to this very day. I think I've learned a lot
and I trust you'll love what I am producing now in art
quilts.

I found that as a life-long Army wife (not easy),
quilting gave me something that I could take wherever
the Army sent us, be it in the United States or
abroad.

Quilting, I should note, gave me a bond with women
from many other countries. In the international
community, it seemed that everyone, no matter what
nationality, wanted to quilt.

We spent 6 years in Belgium. During that time I was
lucky enough to teach quilting at the SHAPE (SHAPE =
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Belgium)
International Arts and Crafts Center.

I taught many classes and had students from Hungary,
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Poland,
Russia, Switzerland and many others. I had students in
my classes who spoke very little, if any, English from
a couple dozen other nations. Not speaking English,
however, did not prevent them from learning how to
quilt, and quilt well.

Quilting, it seems, transcends national and cultural
boundaries. It was a learning and enriching experience
for me, and I grew as a quilter as a result of
teaching these classes. I am convinced crossing
cultural boundaries enriches all who do.

For the last nineteen years I have considered myself a
"contemporary" quilter. I constantly try out new
techniques; sometimes they work, and sometimes they
don't. But I never give up.

I must say, I have a passion for flowers. I have
discovered that appliqué enabled me to have gardens
year round. This passion for flowers led me to McKenna
Ryan, the renowned art quilt designer from Montana.
Her designs enchant me and surround me in my home in
Michigan.

Please enjoy viewing the art quilts I loved making.

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