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Cyndi Souder, Moonlighting Quilts

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About Moonlighting Quilts
Through my company, Moonlighting Quilts, I share my love of quilting locally in the DC metropolitan area and nationally at quilt shows and for quilt guilds. I lecture, I lead workshops, I teach art quilt classes locally, and I create quilts for clients, often celebrating special events or the life of a lost loved one. I also offer a few original patterns for sale and as workshops.

Lectures: I offer lectures about creating celebration quilts, adding words to your quilts (not just on the labels!), and taking better digital photos of your quilts. For professional groups, I offer a lecture on commission work. Many of my quilts are made as commissions and I'm happy to talk about the process from both artistic and business perspectives.

Woodblock Demo at Cherrywood Booth in Houston 2014Workshops: I love putting my education degree to work teaching others how to translate the quilts in their imaginations into reality. As a BERNINA Ambassador, I especially enjoy teaching machine quilting three ways: feed dogs up (stitch in the ditch, channel quilting, and specialty stitching), feed dogs down (freemotion quilting), and freemotion QuiltWriting.

I enjoy surface design, and I teach three surface design technique: Tsukineko Inks, Shiva Paintstiks, and Woodblock printing. I love using stencils and masks, and I'm always happy to share those techniques as well.

My favorite workshop comes from my book, Creating Celebration Quilts. In this 3- or 6-hour class, I help quilters clarify their memory quilt vision and begin to create a plan. I highlight options, offer additional considerations, and help each quilter overcome the biggest speedbump in their project.

Commissions: Most of work I do is for clients. Some are celebrating a birth or a wedding. Many are commemorating the life of someone loved and lost. Often, clients bring me bags and boxes of clothing and artifacts. It's my job to tell the story in a quilt.

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