Please let me introduce myself. My name is Brenda Jeschke. I have been quilting since 1982 and showing my quilts in competition since 1989. I am a traditional quilt lover and make mostly bed-size quilts. I am not a quilt designer nor an artist – just an enthusiast who loves simple, traditional quilts. I am a machine piecer, hand appliquer, and hand quilter. At times, I do find a quilt would benefit from machine quilting. I either do that on my home machine or contract with a skilled long-arm quilter for her services.. My quilts are made from patterns that are in the public domain and available to any quilter. I find that I am happiest when I take ideas from several quilts and then combine them into my adaptation of the patterns.
In 1996, I had a quilt exhibit at the Ziegler Museum in Jennings, Louisiana, where attendees to this museum come from all over the world. In May 2003, I had an article published in the Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine pertaining to a binding technique that I developed using cross-wise grain binding strips with butted corners. In April 2005, my quilt Wedgewood Blue was featured in the book Mastering the Art of McTavishing by Karen McTavish. In June 2014, my quilt Wedgewood Blue was again published in the Revised 2nd Edition book Mastering the Art of McTavishing by Karen McTavish. This was such an honor because I had the only hand-quilted “McTavishing” quilt in the two books of machine quilted quilts. Over the years of showing my quilts in competition, I have won many awards on the local, regional, and national level. A few of the major quilt shows I have won awards are the Dallas Quilt Celebration show, the National Quilting Association show, and the Applique Society show. I am a member of the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) and the Quilter’s Guild of East Texas (QGET) of Tyler, Texas.
I have been teaching quilt technique classes since 1991, judging quilt shows since 1997, giving program lectures since 2001, and teaching machine embroidery classes since 2007. I live on a small farm outside of Buffalo, Texas, with my husband William Cole. My down time is spent gardening, working the farm, and maintaining a very large yard. I am passionate about any handwork – such as cross-stitch embroidery, hardanger thread work, and silk ribbon embroidery. Above all, I am just an ordinary girl who happens to love to make quilts and share my knowledge.
I am available for quilt show judging, guild program lectures (which are always education based) and guild workshops (where new quilters and experienced can have fun and learn some good technique information), and a teacher for multi-day quilt retreats. I am listed as a teacher under the Texas Association of Quilt Guilds. I look forward to working with your guild and its members. Please contact me to discuss scheduling a program lecture or workshop.