Meet Debbie Maddy, Quilting Guru!

Quilting Artist Debbie Maddy

Meet Debbie Maddy, Quilting Guru!

As you are probably already aware by now, Ephemera Paducah will host the Spring Artisan Market on Thursday, April 21 and we’ve lined up some of the best artists and art instructors from around the country to sell some of their hand-crafted wares. Quilting guru and Fiber Artist Debbie Maddy will have her kits, supplies and other fun stuff for sale, and will follow the big event with two workshops at our studio on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24 . I love getting to know the artists who come to my studio so I sent out some fun questions in hopes of sharing these lovely individuals with all of you. Over the next few weeks you’ll be able to enjoy brief interviews with a few of the artists coming to teach at Ephemera Paducah this year. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know these folks as much as I have.

Describe what it’s like to do what you do for a living.

My job is fantastic because I get to travel (which I love). I meet new people constantly and I can share my passions with all who are willing to listen AND I get paid to do it.

Who wouldn’t enjoy a job like that? Tell us about your favorite classroom moment?

My favorite moment was when I was teaching a quilting class and a young woman told me her mother and grandmother and aunts were all quilters. When she came into the classroom she only knew how to turn on her machine. When she left, she had half a quilt put together. Her words were, “My mom and my grandma are going to be SO proud of me!” I was thrilled to be a part of that.

Debbie Maddy Silk QuiltWhat keeps you creating day to day?

The quest for new and beautiful things.

What’s your most recent “can’t create without” tool or product you’ve discovered?

I love my plexiglass shapes for my Itajimi resist.

When you were 12 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A biologist.

You went quite a different route. At what age were you confident calling yourself “an artist?”

I am still not always there.

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?


What’s the best thing you make for dinner?

Stacked enchiladas

What do you hope students will get out of their experience during your workshops at Ephemera Paducah?

I want the students to have FUN while creating art. Having fun in the process of making art is the most important thing.

To find out more about Debbie and her products, blog and adventures check out her website.


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