Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Finalist Donna Schipper Moyer

    Donna Schipper Moyer

McCall's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Amateur Category

Donna Schipper Moyer
Draper, UT







How long I've been quilting...  I’ve been quilting since about 1998, when I discovered that fabrics had changed a great deal since my old clothing construction days. I fell in love with the gorgeous choices available and haven’t looked back since.

I began quilting because... In a small local quilt shop I saw fabulous fabrics such as zebra, giraffe, lady bug and so much more. I first made a quilted Noah’s Ark vest. Then I took a beginner’s quilting class and was hooked.

Donna and quiltMy quilting style is... Of course my style has evolved from sticking quite precisely to purchased patterns to doing all the steps by myself. I have made lots of memory quilts that chronicle everything from my husband’s life, my grandmother’s crocheted doilies, the schools where I taught, my mother’s embroidered dish towels, to a small hanky quilt that displays my own baby jewelry. In short, I like to make meaningful quilts that are unique and memorable.

Other quilt design contests I've entered... Until recently I have never considered myself a designer—just a quilter who is gutsy enough to enter quilt shows and occasionally win a prize.

People who inspired me... In Utah there are lots of wonderful quilting teachers who have aided me in learning basic skills. I find that although some of the classes I take now are just for fun, I invariably learn some new trick that I can put to good use.

I draw my inspiration from... My imagination is sparked by the unusual. I hardly ever make square or rectangular quilts anymore, unless it is specifically for use on a bed. I find it is fun to try new shapes, but the folks who hang my quilts at the quilt show are often a bit dismayed.

My Favorite techniques... I love to do everything by hand—hand piecing, hand applique, hand quilting. Sometimes the only machine work on one of my quilts will be when I apply the binding. At that point I like the strength of the machine going through all those layers.

Colors or fabrics I'm attracted to... I love all colors as you can see by my initial competition entry. I like the way colors play on each other and make new patterns that were unseen before.

My fabric stash... Of course I have fabric, but not rooms full! My contest entry quilt was made entirely from my stash of colors. I finally had to break down and buy some yellow yardage for the scrollwork. Most of my stash is small pieces as I do a lot of applique work, and you don’t need much yardage for that. Fabric manufacturers do not love me.

My quilting community... I belong to the Utah Quilt Guild organization where I am a Rep. for the South Salt Lake Area. I also belong to two smaller groups where I can associate with appreciative friends.

My other hobbies and interests... I spend some of my time being a docent at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. On holidays and during peak visitor seasons I often wear a pioneer costume and talk to patrons as I spin wool. Most people are amazed at the magic of spinning yarn.  I also talk to them about silk and the silk industry that was carried on in Utah from 1855 to 1905. There are lots of Mulberry trees here in the state.

I entered Quilt Design Star™ 2012 because... I entered Quilt Design Star on a whim on the very first day the submissions opened.  Once I pushed the “submit” button there was no turning back—at least I couldn’t find the “undo” button.

What you should know about me… I’m a retired school teacher. I have three lovely grown up children who have grown up children of their own. I have eight grandchildren and three great granddaughters. My husband passed away nearly three years ago after a lengthy illness. A great memory I have is sitting by his side talking about his life as I made a quilt that depicted the many facets of a life well lived.


The Gate (below) is Donna's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Amateur Category entry quilt.

The Gate by Donna Schipper Moyer

Lime Twist (below) is Donna's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Amateur Category Challenge 1 quilt top.

Lime Twist by Donna Schipper Moyer


Aladdin's Window (below) is Donna's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Amateur Category Challenge 2 quilt top.

McCall's QDS™ 2012 Donna Moyer Aladdin's Window

The Long and Short of It (below) is Donna's Quilt Design Star™ 2012 Amateur Category Challenge 3 quilt.

McCall's QDS™ 2012 Finalist Donna Schipper Moyer The Long and Short of It

Click here to read more about Donna's Challenge 3 quilt at KSL.com



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