We were very pleased to have
National Quilting Association certified judge,
as our judge
for the NBQA Spring 2008 Quilt Show.
To learn more about Holice, see below.
3 Pinehaven Rd.
Sturbridge, Ma 01566
I began quilting in the early 1970 when I
was asked to teach needlework and quilting for a county recreational
program. National exposure followed in 1978 when I served as a
consultant to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History to
organize a quilt show in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service’s
issuance of a commemorative stamp recognizing quilting as a folk art. I
also served on the planning committee for the First Continental Quilting
Congress held in Arlington, Virginia in 1978. These two events resulted
in invitations to lecture and teach at quilting events across the United
States and in Canada which began my career as a quilter.
I lecture and conduct workshops in many
quilting techniques with emphasis on those subjects related to the
development and use of quilting designs. This is an outgrowth of my
work with The Stencil Company for which I design quilting stencils and
with two companies for which I have designed whole cloth quilts. I have
taught regularly for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. There are
8 events a year with my teaching five or six classes at each event.
Classes have related more to basic quilt making, both hand and machine,
than advanced quilting. Statistically this is 24 events for 3 years
with approximately 20 students per class for a total of 1440 students in
the three years. I have also taught and lectured for local quilt groups
and quilt shops as well as national conventions.
My experience in whole cloth designs began
in 1992 when I was asked by Spartex, Inc, a South Carolina fabric
company, to develop and design whole cloth patterns that could be
preprinted onto fabric. A series of designs were introduced initially
with others to follow. Significant in these designs were a series based
on quilts in the quilt collection of the National Museum of American
History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. I researched
whole cloth quilts in the collection and selected those which had
artistic and commercial appeal to quilters. I worked from photographs
and slides since the quilts were unavailable for direct work. Queen
size, wall hangings, pillows and crib quilts were the first products
available in the fall of 1993. A second series of designs were
introduced in the fall of 1994. These first designs were a combination
of my own, other whole cloth designers and the collection from the
Smithsonian. More recently, I have provided a series of designs for
Benartex, Inc which has also been produced as pre printed products.
I have written for various quilting
magazines and appeared on Public Television. My Public Television
appearance have been with Kay Wood’s “Strip Quilting with Kaye” and
“Quilting for the 90’s” I also appeared on 13 segments of another TV
series “Heirlooms by Design” which was shown in the Alabama area thru
the CBS cable networks. I have also filmed 6 shows on QNN representing
The Stencil Co.
I am the former co-curator of The Hoffman
Challenge with Betty Boyink. The Challenge continues to be a national
contest of quilted wall hangings, clothing and dolls.
I have served as quilt consultant to a
number of companies. Notable among these have been Stencil House (A
Canadian company producing quilting stencils), Talon, Inc (a producer of
threads) and Benartex, Inc., (a New York fabric company).
I have designed and made garments for two
invitational exhibits. They were “Statements” which was sponsored by P
and B Fabrics and The Fairfield Fashion Show.
I have also designed and made quilted
items for various other special exhibits and quilt challenges. I
currently have a piece traveling with the exhibit “Men of Biblical
I am Quilt Judge and Teacher certified by
the National Quilting Association.
Recent judging experience:
Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild
Northern Quilters Watertown, NY
Charlton Sewing Center EQ16
Plano Texas Quilters Guild
Machine Quilters on the Waterfront –
Machine Quilters Showcase (two times)
Pennsylvania National Show
Blue Ridge Va Quilters Guild (two times)
Rose Hill Manor Quilt Show (Hagerstown Md
– two times)
Western Maryland Quilt Guild (three times)
NJ State Guild Show (most recently)
Jackson Mills Annual Show (WV)
Southern Maryland Quilters Guild
Bell Grove Plantation Show in Virginia
Another show at a Plantation House in
Minnesota State Quilters Guild Show (two