Linda Schmidt

Textile Artist, Quilter, Designer

Teacher of the Year - 2003*

*Chosen by The Professional Quilter Magazine - http://www.professionalquilter.com/index.html

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Welcome to my Web Site, where maidens dance deep in woods, celebrating the Rites of Spring; 

(Rites of Spring,: 71" x 57")
 

where a mountain stands a little taller with a wolf on it; 

(Winter Wolf, 42" x 54")

where significant moments of our lives and our country's history are captured in cloth;

  (Olympic Tribute, 55.5" x 42.5", based on photo by Trent G. Nelson, Salt Lake City Tribune, used with permission)

where fabric streamers blend and flow around the material world.

Let's celebrate our art, rejoice in our craft, and keep making those "small things with great love" that are so important to us and to the empty hands that need comfort, the bare walls that need a bit of color.

(Celebrate the Material World, 72" x 72")

Welcome! Come into my world, where I firmly believe you can do whatever you set out to do, as long as you have the tools and techniques to get you there. Here at my site, you will be able to see some of my quilts and garments, get an idea of the classes and talks I give, get a flavor of who I am, read an essay, find some new things to play with. After wandering around a bit and seeing my work, you might like to have me come speak and do a workshop for your guild, or you might just want to take one of my online classes at www.QuiltUniversity.com.  I know it might be a stretch, sort of like stepping out onto that unseen log in the Indiana Jones Search for the Holy Grail movie, but like my momma says - "If you're not living life on the edge, you just might be taking up too much space."

There are several links set up here by my Webmaster (husband), which will probably take you to some of the places you want to go; but you never know, you might be stepping off that log. If you want to my work and skip the following resume, go to the bottom or top of this page and click on a link. If you want further information, or if you would like actual pictures mailed to you, please e-mail me directly at Shortattn@comcast.net .

Basic short biography, for those with truly short attention spans:

I come from a long line of quilting women and started my first quilt when I was eight years old, and have made hundreds of quilts since then, having won over 250 ribbons from local, national and international quilting exhibitions. I teach quilting nationally and internationally, do trunk shows with both quilts and garments, am a secretary for the City of Dublin, was a member of the Alameda County Art Commission for six years and Chairman of it for two years. I am a musician, an active member of Amador Valley Quilters, IQA, AQS, and NQA and was a founding member of the Network for Wearable Art. I have four part-time paying jobs, three children, one husband, a five-bedroom house I clean myself, two flutes, two guitars, a piano and a B. A. in French that has suddenly ceased to be totally useless. In my spare time, I write really bad poetry and am learning sign language. The bottom line is that there is nothing I like better than to talk to people about quilting, unless it is making quilts and wearable art, myself. I have an eclectic taste in quilts and quilters, an insatiably inquiring mind and a sincere desire to help others learn what they need to know in order to do what needs to be done.

Formal Resume : (For those people who have to impress their Program Chairman with qualifications so their Guild Program Chairman will invite me to give a trunk show and/or workshop)

Linda S. Schmidt

I am a prolific quilter and garment designer, and have been learning about them, making them, and teaching about them for over 20 years, using almost every technique there is.

I have been doing talks, trunk shows and workshops at guilds locally, nationally and internationally for the last ten years, showing over 40 quilts and garments in the course of my talk and trunk show entitled "Short Attention Span Quilting;" 40 quilts in my "Quilts Only" presentation; and 35 ensembles in my "Flamboyancy Rising" fashion show. I was a Fairfield Designer in 1994-5, and in 1997-98.

Over the last ten years, I have received over 250 ribbons, many of them Best in Show, Best in Class First Place or Artist awards, at fairs, quilt shows, and art shows.

I have won ribbons in quilt shows at Houston IQA, Pacific International, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Williamsburg Quilt Festival, National Quilt Association Show, New England Quilt Show and the AQS Shows in Paducah. I have participated in special invitational exhibitions such as Husqvarna-Viking's "MasterPieces: Spirit and Strength" exhibit, Skydyes’ "Painted Images," Joen Wolfrom’s "Landscapes & Illusions," Paul Pilgrim’s "Challenge, " IQA’s "Prizewinners Exhibition" at Expo V, QNM's "Crossing Boundaries" traveling exhibition ot Expo VII in Strasbourg, the AQS Fashion Shows at Paducah, and at the West Coast |Quilter's Conference. I was also chosen to make pieces for Diana Leone's "Quilts in Bloom" exhibition in Mainau, Germany, and for Yoko Kitajima's "Splendid World of Needlework" exhibition in Japan.

I have been the special lecturer, teacher and Artist in Residence at Empty Spools’ Conference at Asilomar and Sampler demonstrator at West Coast Quilter’s Conference, was the featured quilter at the Great Petaluma Quilt Show in 1997, and teacher at the Minnesota Quilt Show, teacher and judge at the Pacific International Quilt Show, and a teacher at Quilting the Quilt 2002 Show, A Quilter's Gathering Conference, Glendale Quilt Show, Amador Valley Quilters Retreats, Auburn Jamboree, and many others. My work has been shown at the Fairfield Art Show, Livermore Art Show, Concord Art Gallery, the San Jose Quilt Museum, and at the Hyde Gallery. .

My quilts have appeared in several books, including: Joen Wolfrom’s - Visual Dance; Charlotte Warr-Andersen’s - Faces and Places; Katie Pasquini’s Fractured Landscapes; Oxmoor House’s - Great American Quilts Book IV,  Mickey Lawler's Skydyes, Sylvia Landman's Quilting for Fun and Profit and Jennifer Priestly's Fabric Painting & Dyeing.

My work has also appeared in several magazines, in United States and in England.. A "Patchwork Profile" interview about my work was published in the August 1996 issue of McCall’s Quilting, Quilter’s Newsletter published my article "Tiny Trees" in their January/February 1997 issue, and American Quilter for Fall 1997 contains my article ‘The Giving Quilt." The National Quilt Association published an article about my work in the Spring 1998 Quilting Quarterly, and in Spring, 1999; and I was featured on the cover of the Autumn Arts Magazine. Two of my articles appeared this summer in the English quilting magazine published by Traplet Publications  in July 2000, followed by three more in their August issue.  These and other quilting magazines have also published many pictures of my work over the years.

I was the President of Amador Valley Quilters for 1994-95 and am still a very active member and committee chair for quilt shows and upcoming events.

If you would care to see some of my quilts, learn about my workshops and trunk shows, or just look at the pictures, please click on the links to other pages.

The bottom line is that there is nothing I like better than to talk to quilters about quilting, unless it is making quilts, myself. I have an eclectic taste in quilts and quilters, an insatiably inquiring mind and a sincere desire to help others learn what they need to know in order to do what needs to be done.

So, if you would like more information, or would like to have me come speak to your guild, please e-mail me at shortattn@comcast.net . If you'd like to see more of my work while you're here, please click on one of the links below.

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