Betty Pillsbury - Crazy Quilts & Embroidery and Green Spiral Herbs
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        Betty Pillsbury

Appeared on HGTV’s “Simply Quilts”, PBS’s “Quilting Nebraska”and WNYT's Today's Women

Articles or pictures of work in:
Quilting Arts Magazine
Piecework Magazine
Needle Arts Magazine
Needle Pointers Magazine
Norsk Quilteblad Magazine
Albany NY Times Union
Schenectady Daily Gazette
Books by Carole Samples, Allie Aller, Nancy Eha, Betty Auth
Crazy Ladies Gazette
Crazy Quilt Society’s newsletter
Miniature Quilt Magazine
CQ Mag on-line newsletter
Omaha World Herald
Evening Star Designs
Caron Collection on-line magazine

Selected Exhibits:
The White House
Fenimore Art Museum
National Museum of Women in the Arts Christmas Tree
Historymakers - Stars from the Vermont Quilt Festival Archives
Small Wonders
Sacred Threads
International Quilt Festival in Houston
American Quilter’s Society Crazy Quilt Exhibit
Embroiderers’ Guild of America Margaret Parshall Gallery
Crazy Quilt Conference Exhibit
The Hoffman Challenge Traveling Exhibit
Miniature Quilt Magazine Traveling Exhibit
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine Primedia Exhibit

Awards (some of the 200 or so):
First Place at American Quilter's Society, Vermont Quilt Festival, Quilts Along the Waterfront, Empire Quilt Fest, New York State of Mind Quilt Contest, Embroiderers' Guild of America and many other blue ribbons.
Other ribbons at Road to California, Quilt Odyssey, Quilter's Heritage Celebration, National Quilting Association, and other cool places.
Best Needlework at VQF, Best Traditional Quilt at Threads of America, Viewers' Choice
Embroiderers’ Guild of America Educators’ Award of Excellence
Sew Beautiful Talent Search
Fiber Arts Forum
Omaha Needle Artists Best Original Artist

​Beginning Crazy Quilting: Learn the Victorian art of crazy quilting as you create a block or tea cozy. In this class you will hand piece and then embellish your work. The quintessential crazy quilt embroidery stitches (feather, herringbone and cretan) will be taught as well as many tips on working with beads, buttons and other embellishments.
1-day (6-hour) class OR
2-day (12-hour) class OR
Indulge in a week-long class with many stitches and techniques taught

Crazy Embroidery: Every crazy quilt needs hand embroidery. Learn variations of classic crazy quilt stitches such as twisted herringbone, tied herringbone, triple feather, maidenhair, etc. Learn why the chant, “Shoulder, shoulder, bellybutton” will help you stitch better. MANY stitches and tips taught. 1-day (6-hour) class

Beginning Silk Ribbon: Elegant silk ribbon is easy to master in this class. Learn how to thread up, end off and the basic stitches of silk ribbon. Create a lovely garden scene to incorporate into a crazy patch. 1-day (6-hour) class

Intermediate Silk Ribbon: Continue with the beauty of silk ribbon and learn bullion-tipped lazy daisy, twisty rose, ruching, loop flower, gathered flower, topiary and free-form chrysanthemum.
1-day (6-hour) class

Motifs from Antique Crazy Quilts: Inspired from 120-year-old quilts, these hand embroidered motifs bring a touch of yesteryear to today’s work. Applique a velvet umbrella to a patch and fill it with silk ribbon pansies. Paint forget-me-nots on a velvet fan. (I have developed a technique easy enough for beginners.) Even embroider chenille cat-tails onto fabric as your great-grandmother might. 1-day (6-hour class)

Notebook Sampler: A little taste of everything! Bead a dragonfly, fashion a fabric flower, learn a needle-woven leaf, stitch a spider web, make a bullion rose, create a pansy from wired-ribbon. This is a fun sampling of techniques. All by hand. 1-day (6-hour) class

Notebook Sampler – Paisleys: Three elegant paisley motifs. Learn beading, bullion roses, working with sequins and more. 1-day (6 hour class)

Notebook Sampler - Beaded Bits: Add a little sparkle to your crazy quilting or wearables with beads. Fashion stars to sprinkle about. Learn a beaded fringe and beaded embellishment. Also, some traditional embroidery stitches can be done with beads. We will also attach a coin to fabric using the shisha method.
1-day (6-hour) class

Layering Stitches: Learn how to layer stitch upon stitch to expand your hand embroidery repertoire. Stitch herringbone on velvet ribbon and add beads; ruch seam binding to frame a cigarette silk and add silk ribbon roses, use a cretan/chevron stitch combination for elegant results plus much more. 
1-day (6-hour class) 

Perfecting Satin Stitch and Long and Short Stitch: Although perfection comes from lots of practice, learn some important tips to help you master hand embroidered satin stitch and long and short stitch. Your work will improve considerably. We will use cotton and silk flosses to achieve our desired results.
1-day (6-hour) class

Seams Crazy: Learn several stitch variations for seam work on your crazy quilt. Adding beads, silk ribbon and charms makes mundane work extraordinary!

The History of Crazy Quilting/Trunk Show of Betty’s Work: Using antique quilts and other textiles, Betty discusses the rage that swept late 1800’s America – the crazy quilt. Then, using her work as examples, Betty shows how crazy quilting is alive and well in the world today. Please bring your vintage crazy quilts to share. This is only available for driving distances, as I bring the actual antique crazy quilts and my work to see.
1 – 1 ½ hours

​I am always happy to tailor a class for your group. Just ask!!
"Rose Song" donated to Alliance for the American Quilt 
About Betty Pillsbury
I taught myself to embroider when I was 8.  I harangued my mother until she bought me a stamped tea towel and some needles and floss.  My mother could crochet like a dream, but actually hated the thought of embroidery.  I was enamored of it!  After the tea towels, came pillowcases, the legs of jeans, t-shirts, anything that wasn't moving.  Over the years, I have done many techniques with needle and thread: surface embroidery, hardanger, hedebo, silk & metal work, or nue, silk ribbon embroidery, stumpwork, needlelace, shadow work, samplers, cross stitch, pulled thread, drawn thread, trapunto, candlewicking, Montmellick, beadwork, heirloom sewing, and lots more!  I love it all!  But, crazy quilting is where my heart resides.

"Let the beauty you love be what you do."  -Rumi