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Daphne Greig

Daphne Greig can’t remember a time when sewing and needlework were not part of her life. Her mother taught her to sew when she was very young, starting with clothes for her Barbie doll. She advanced to making clothing for herself and, later for her children. Daphne’s husband even wore several shirts and jackets that she made for him!

It was the opportunity to take a one-day quilting class in 1985 that lead Daphne to her career as a designer, author, and educator. Quilting that began as a hobby has turned into her passion and her business.

Daphne has written five quilting books, filmed an instructional DVD teaching her Give & Take Appliqué™ technique, and she has designed hundreds of patterns through her company Patchworks Studio.  She is also the sales representative for Northcott and Island Batik on Vancouver Island.

Teaching and interacting with students is one of the joys in Daphne’s life. She loves to meet students who share the same passion for fabric and creativity. She has taught at major quilting conferences including International Quilt Festival, AQS Shows in Paducah, Nashville and Des Moines, and Quilt Canada. Daphne also teaches at retreats, for guilds, and for shops throughout North America, and she has developed several online workshops at the Academy of Quilting. Daphne has sailed the high seas, teaching on six quilting cruises. That Barbie doll dress designer has come a long way!

Daphne’s goal as a teacher is to encourage students to try new techniques, to expand their skills, and most importantly to have fun and enjoy the creative process. After years of teaching machine quilting on domestic sewing machines, she was thrilled to learn the creative ways to use her HQ Avanté and share machine quilting tips and techniques with her students.

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