Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Over the years I’ve seen my design preferences evolve from mainly machine applique to mainly scrappy, but I still like to mix it up with new stuff all the time. My one constant design style is one of "fun over fuss," and I unapologetically preach the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through my trunk show lecture of the same name. Who needs matching points fouling up an otherwise cool design, after all?
Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, I have published over 40 patterns and my work has been featured in Quilter's World, The Quilter, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, and Cotton Spice magazines. I was honored to be appointed to the 2014 Quiltmaker magazine "Scrap Squad" along with five other quilters, all of us chosen to remake one particular design per issue in all scraps. Nothing has ever been more right up my alley, and led to my favorite and most popular lecture, “Give it a Scrap Slap,” where I emphasize my philosophy of "consistency in the chaos" in scrap quilt making, as well as the value and design class "Now YOU Give it a Scrap Slap." Other lectures and classes are just as much fun and teach a variety of topics while keeping the room light, real, and positive.
Because I love scrappy, a natural offshoot was discovering and developing my Accordion Sewn HSTs ™ technique, wherein half square triangles are created from accordions rather than two at a time, ensuring the most scrappy bang for your HST buck! You can find my youtube videos highlighting the basic technique HERE.
My pet charity is Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and each September I run my annual “Teal Mini Swap” fundraiser and swap ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/twoforteal2014/) It’s a way I can honor my mom, who taught me to sew and who lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2002. Check out what I love and some of my own designs on my Pinterest boards (https://www.pinterest.com/evapaigequilts/) too!
You can find me in all sorts of places on the internet, but my favorite place to be is in front of your guild, sharing my love of quilting and hearing about yours. I'm happy to travel anywhere in the US from my home base in Pepperell MA (close to both Boston and Manchester NH airports). For more information or to schedule an event for your guild or shop, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.