A native of Culpeper, Virginia, I learned various needle crafts from my mother, grandmothers, and Sewing 4-H club leaders. As a young girl, I remember sitting on my grandmother’s shady back steps hand piecing Four Patches in the summertime. (The basketful of Four Patches with gargantuine running stitches is my longest running UFO!) In 1976 when the U.S.A. celebrated its bicentennial, there was a resurgence of interest in colonial crafts. That’s when the quilting bug bit me! Bed quilts, baby quilts, and wall quilts–all are of interest. I find inspiration from traditional quilt blocks and settings, but I applaud the Modern Quilt Movement as well. I enjoy the challenge of designing with parameters: challenge blocks/quilts, Jelly Roll and Layer Cake quilts, stash quilts, block swaps with friends.

After graduating from seminary, Aby’s husband, Ran, joined the Army as a chaplain. Thus began a thirty year trek across the U.S. and even to Germany for three tours. Aby has always formed rich friendships with quilting friends along the way. She has found inspiration from the sites she’s seen, the emotions stirred from her experiences, and the people she has met. Quilting friends are the best!

Grandaddy’s Chicken House is a story of my memories about my grandparents’ chicken house. I printed it on fabric and incorporated it into the backing of my “Chicken Hearted” wall quilt.

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  1. I am on the planning committee for NC Quilt Symposium 2017 which is being held at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. The dates selected for symposium are May 18 to 21, 2017. NC Quilt Symposium consists of classes, lectures, a quilt show and vender mall and entertainment. On Thursday night, there is an opening ceremony, teacher show and tell of projects they will be teaching at Symposium, and book signing. Classes are either half day or full day (a few have run for 2 days) and begin on Friday morning and run through Sunday morning. Teachers may also be asked to provide a lecture for 1.5 hours. Each full time student may take 12 hours of classes and one lecture. In the recent past, attendance has been around 200 full time students and about 150 part time students. It is a regional favorite and many quilters and teachers return to renew Symposium friendships. You have been proposed as a potential teacher and I am writing to ask about your availability for the selected dates. Please also respond with several potential courses if you are available. We will initiate developing contracts in the near future. I appreciate your help in sharing the love and the techniques of quilting. Best wishes, Judy Corley-Lay

  2. Thank you for the Unlimited Possibilities Tote Pattern. I have made 14 this Christmas to give to friends…all are different. Thank you so much for your clear writing.I would like to send you a few photos…how can I do that?

  3. Good morning, Aby. I have signed up for your Get the Point workshop at NC Quilt Symposium next week. I have a couple of rulers that are similar to the EZ angle ruler. One is an Easy Angle II (10 7/8 inches) and the Omnigrid #96(6 7/8 inches). Would either of these work as a substitute for the EZ angle?
    I’m looking forward to this class. You held a workshop for our guild, Alamance Piecemakers, a couple of years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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