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First sewing project

At age eight, I learned to sew in 4-H. As long as I can remember, I’ve been designing and coordinating fabrics. 
I was nine in the above photo wearing my first stitched garment—a dress with matching poncho and choker. The choker was my first original design without a pattern and I still have it in my scrapbook. This is my first blue ribbon for sewing.

Camelia's dress that appeared in Sew Beautiful magazine

Camelia's Creative Smock Shoppe

Center photo: In 1993, 1994, and 1996, Sew Beautiful featured three of my hand smocked dresses in their magazine. This dress has 597 hand stitched bullions
to create rosettes around the collar.

Right photo: During 1992 and 1993, I owned Camelia's Creative Smock Shoppe, specializing in English hand smocked and French hand sewn garments. 

The first quilt I ever made is reversible
and I finished it in less than one week!

My first quilt

First quilt reverse side

History

Raised in Dumas, Texas I’ve been intrigued with sewing, designing, and photography since childhood.  In 1979, I married Jim, my high school sweetheart and we have two grown children: Malachi and Faith. Daughter-in-law, Beth, joined our family in March 2012.

As sole proprietor of Camelia’s Creative Smock Shoppe I began teaching my craft in the early 1990’s.  My areas of expertise and the subjects I instructed include: quilting classes, beginner sewing classes, hand embroidery, English hand-smocking, counterchange smocking, French hand sewing, and duplicate stitch.


In 1995 I joined the Golden Spread Quilter’s Guild in Canyon, Texas and stitched my first quilt at a Saturday workshop.  After the workshop one of the members exclaimed, “We expect to see that quilt finished at show-and-tell during Thursday’s meeting.”  Because I thought completing the sixteen-block quilt was a stipulation to stay in the guild, I finished my quilt, including machine quilting and binding, in five days!  When I presented it at show-and tell, the group dubbed me an over-achiever.  


I have designed as long as I can remember and published my first quilt pattern in 2003.  My first living history book, Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was published in 2008.


I am sentimental, and it shows on my quilt labels. The history of a quilt is important.  Future generations should have information about the person who designed and created each quilt. Sometimes my friends laugh when I work on a label, often reminding me that it doesn't need to be as long as a book.


Several quilting articles about my work, by Texas author, Gilda V. Bryant have appeared in quilting magazines, including:
Quilt World,  “Luscious Labels,” January 2002
Quilter’s World, “TLC For Antique Quilts,” Dec. 2005  
Piecework, “Rescuing Antique Blocks,” September/October 2006


The timeless beauty of covered bridges, gristmills, rock churches, historic dwellings and barn quilt trails have become my passion.  Hosting quilt retreats, teaching classes, designing patterns and sharing my knowledge of quilting gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.