May 3, 2015

Cynthia England’s quilts have been honored with many awards, including two Best of Shows at the prestigious International Quilt Association. Her quilt, Piece and Quiet, was distinguished as one of the Hundred Best Quilts of the 20th Century.


We are pleased to welcome Cynthia in 2015 as one of our most anticipated Fiber Art Workshop instructors. Her 3 day Workshop, Picture Piecing: Creating Realistic Pieced Pictures will be held December 3 – 6, 2015.


How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I have been teaching quilting for 21 years specializing in a technique I developed, “Picture Piecing”. I made a quilt “Piece and Quiet” that won Best of Show at the International Quilt Association. Everyone wanted to know how I made it. One teaching job led to another, to another. I have been very lucky to teach in wonderful places.

Through tuscany

What is your favorite part about teaching?

When the “light goes on” and you can see that the student gets it! I love sharing that any drawing can be created into a fiber work of art. 

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What would you tell your prospective students are the best reasons for taking a workshop?

Take something you don’t know how to do.

Take something that you can build on. In other words, you can use in other aspects of quilting, not that one project.

In the classes I have taken there are things that you take away that you hadn’t planned on. One or two little tips that save a lot of time.

In design classes especially, you learn from what the other students bring in and the ways to handle those issues.

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What are you currently working on in your own art?

Right now I am trying out patterns for Fall Market. Currently, I am working on a small mountain landscape of a road going off in a distance, a Valentine quilt and a southwest Kokopelli figure.

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Com into the light

Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Two quilts “One Fine Day” and “Open Season” just returned from being away for two years on travel exhibit with the Texas Quilt Museum.

In June two quilts (“Piece and Quiet” and “Come Into the Light”) will be exhibited at the Brigham City Museums 2015 International Quilt Invitational Exhibit.


What is your favorite art quote?

Use your brain.


Describe your studio.

Wonderful! Looks out onto a pond and beyond that there is a creek which attracts wildlife. Great storage for fabric. I have everything a quilter would want. Only problem is I travel often and don’t get to sew nearly as much as I would like.


Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

Purple Pair of Karen K. Buckley’s scissors

45 degree triangle

A wafer thin lightbox

A travel iron without holes that gets hot and does not shut off

A copy machine that enlarges and reduces


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