Learn to Machine Quilt with Jill Schumacher





 Meet Jill Schumacher

          National Award winning machine quilter, teacher and author, Jill began making her first quilts at the age of 12.  Having been an art major, Jill has dabbled in many different art forms.  It was not until many years later, that Jill was introduced to the art of machine quilting on her domestic machine in 1997.  She fell in love with this method of quilting and still gets a thrill with each heirloom quilt that she completes.  Her third machine quilted quilt won the Best of Show at the Siskiyou County Fair in 1998 and, she went on to take Second Place in the state level competition.  This recognition started Jill’s journey into competitions and later, the inception of her quilting business, Quiltmaker to the Queen.  Jill has taken classes across the country from Master Quilters and is working toward her own certification as a Master Machine Quilter.


          In 2005, her children encouraged her to retire from her full time job and teach the art of machine quilting to others.  Jill is now teaching internationally and nationally and sharing her techniques with others, so that they will  also be able to enhance the beauty of their own quilts, using their home machine. She has students that have never machine quilted, but once they learn her easy techniques, they are empowered to create their own masterpieces.  Jill has taught at Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California in 2009 and in 2011, as well as many nationally known venues.  Jill will be returning to Asilomar to teach in March of 2013.   She has also taught at several of the large quilt shows across the country.


          Jill has quilted more than 550 quilts over the past 15 years for both herself and customers and has won numerous awards including national awards at American Quilters Society in Paducah, KY, as well as Best Machine Quilting awards at National Quilters Association and Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA.  One of Jill’s award winning quilts was featured in Great American Quilts book 11 and the AQS 2003 calendar.  Jill’s Flower Girl Memories quilt also traveled to Japan with all of the AQS winners from 2001 and was displayed at their Japan Quilt Expo.  Jill self-published her first book, How Do I Quilt That Design, Vol. 1, in 2010 and is currently working on two more books.


          Jill loves empowering students and shows them the easy way to gain confidence and build their skills so that they too will enjoy creating their own heirlooms and masterpieces.  “It gives me great joy to empower my students and introduce them to the world of machine quilting.  I get a thrill out of watching their faces light up when they complete their first feathered wreath”.


          Jill’s Motto:  “Learning to machine quilt is as easy as learning to ride a bicycle.”

Jill Schumacher  
Phone: 707-374-5617    Cell: 925-325-9789   jillschumacher@frontiernet.net