Lorraine Chwazik's first quilted project was a Christmas stocking for her newborn daughter. Over two decades and hundreds of quilted projects later, she still considers a day incomplete unless it involves quilting in some manner...including fabric shopping, pondering her many unfinished projects, or fondling her impressive collection of fat quarters!
Lorry has been teaching and lecturing since 1994, and has been a National Quilting Association Certified Judge since 1999. Besides being active in her local guild, she has written articles for websites and magazines. Her award-winning work has been included in calendars and magazines, and has been selected as cover art for several musical recordings. Her current quilt-related interests include exploring a traditional but little-known foundation method of applique that she calls “Down-Under Applique.” She continually crosses the line between traditional and contemporary in her original design work.
Currently employed full-time as a middle and high school librarian, Lorry especially enjoys teaching quilting to younger generations. Her favorite project involved nearly 200 seventh-graders completing “Tell Me a Story Quilt,” small wall-hangings sewn of pictorial fabrics and embellishments, each of which also had to include an accompanying original short story. She currently resides with her family in Norwich NY, in a house pleasantly full of quilts.
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You can find Lorry at http://quiltsbylorry.shutterfly.com.
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Sandra L Dorrbecker resides in West Milford NJ. Her first quilt was made in 1971 when she fell in love with the process. As a former dress shop owner, today she designs quilts as well as garments. She has been teaching and lecturing on quilting topics since 1989. Sandra is an award winning quilter in both hand and machine work. Her garments and quilts have won awards in many national events.
Sandra received her National Quilting Association certification for teaching in 1990 and NQA certification for judging in 1994 and has judged over 153 events. She is also member of the newly formed National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). Sandra was selected be an instructor for the NQA’s “Introduction to Judging Seminar” at the N QA’s Annual Show in Little Rock Arkansas, 2015; she will be instructing judging seminars on request. She was also the Education Chair and on the Board of Directors for the NQA; 2014/15.
She has worked for two National magazines freelancing both as a technical editor and writer.
Her work has been seen in Traditional Quilter Magazine, Threads, County Living, Patchwork Quilt Senka (Japan), Quilting International, Quilters Newsletter Magazine, and Quiltmaker Magazine.
Sandra has been invited to design for the Fairfield Fashion Show, DMC Thread Company, and RJR Fashion Fabrics.
Sandra was also invited to participate in the American Sewing Guild’s National Show 2002 and 2005; The NQA National Shows 2013/14/15; several Embroidery Guild America organizations and over 90 quilt guilds or organizations in 17 states.
Sandra’s commission work is in private ownership in NJ, CA, HI and France. Her quilts and garments have traveled to trade and quilt shows all over the world.
Meet Lorry Chwazik and Sandra Dorrbecker, our 2019 Quilt Show Judges