What a delight to have a former Keepsake Quilting challenge winner teaching at the shop. We were first introduced to David Taylor back in the fall of 2000 when he entered our biannual Keepsake Quilting challenge contest. The judges awarded him second-place honors for his intricate foundation-pieced quilt. It was a remarkable piece of work on two counts. First it was only the quiltmaker’s third completed project, and, second, that quiltmaker was a man—our first gentleman challenge winner.
David, who now resides in New Hampshire, was living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the time and working as a graphic designer. When we interviewed him, he told us he was working with a friend on a fund-raising quilt. He designed the quilt, and his friend was doing the applique. In the newsletter article, we wrote, ”He’s now learning to hand applique himself, and we can only imagine what wonderful quilts the future holds for David Taylor.” The next spring David took first place in Keepsake Quilting’s Bright Ideas challenge, and he was off and running.
David certainly lived up to our high expectations, because he now teaches his applique technique around the world. We’re so pleased that he brought his expertise to Keepsake Quilting this spring with his Master Class applique series. The ladies who attended his four-day pictorial-applique workshop, held over two consecutive weekends, had a ball learning David’s pattern-drawing and freezer-paper hand-applique techniques. David even helped the gals shop for fabrics. That’s one of the nice benefits of having classes at a quilt shop.
If you’d like to see examples of David’s incredible work, visit his website davidtaylorquilts.com.