Friday, April 24, 2009

Featured Spotlight Member this week is Teachpany!

Hello everyone. Theresa here. We hope you missed us these last few days. We have missed you and did not want to keep you waiting another day for our bloggings, as addictive as they are! LOL.

First off we are going to add some additional contributors to our blog this coming week so check back for some interesting new topics we will have blogged.

Secondly, today is FRIDAY!!!And our Featured Spotlight RQQ™ member is Teachpany. Help me in congratulating her on this honor!

Please visit her on her blog: teachpany
where you can find pictures of some of the costumes she has made recently.

Visit her eBay listings to see what she has to offer this week!

I absolutely LOVE this gal. She is extremely helpful and ready to give her advise on many topics of sewing, quilting, and rag quilting. She is Jack's Daughter as she says.....

At what age did you become interested in crafting? I started sewing doll clothes when I got my first machine, a Singer Children's machine, when I was six. I probably had fabric scraps and things (mom sews) and sewed by hand before that, creating silly skirts for my dolls. I learned to crochet, knit, and embroider shortly after that.

How long have you been doing your craft? I have been making dresses and clothes since I started. I think I have made just about any garment you can think of, and had a bridal business for a while. I did slipcovers (yuck, too many details) and window treatments (fun and easy) quilts (took a few "Quilt in a Day" classes about 18 years ago), and did alterations, too. Now I make costumes for school plays, quilt and do raggies for fun, and hopefully for some money. I also make most of my Christmas gifts for my family.

What different crafts do you do ? Ha, you should ask what I don't do. I am really trying not to make cards or scrapbooks, since I have such a stash in fabric and yarn, I have no room! I make floral wreaths, and took a jewelry class, so have made beaded and copper bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, too. I even refinish furniture! I joke that my dad is a "Jack of All Trades", and I am Jack's daughter!

Who inspired you to get into it? My mom and grandmothers were rather crafty, and my best friend's mom. Another neighbor did quite a bit to influence me, too. Most of the rest came from a desire to make something nice without spending lots of money.

Any goals in the next 5 years? I would love to be able to help others learn these wonderful crafts. I think that almost anyone can learn to sew and crochet. It is fun, relaxing, helps your brain, and is productive. I also want to try other quilting patterns.

What is the best project you created and why? I have so many projects I am proud of. I made some great wedding dresses. I finally finished a quilt I started about 3 years ago, and entered it in the RQQtm Fall Competition, and the group voted it Grand Champion. I have also gotten some great praise for the play costumes. I am just happy that people see my work and like it. I think I like seeing others create things with my help more, though. Last year for the play, we needed shawls and wraps. I showed a small group how to crochet, and after the play finished, the group donated 16 shawls to a local hospice. It was great knowing that by sharing my skill, others found comfort.

What do you do when your not crafting? I teach at a great, small business college. I also sing Karaoke, and bake.

Anything else you want to share? I think that many others can do what I do. I am honored to be considered for the member spotlight, but would be happier being a cheerleader and teacher for others to learn these wonderful crafts, too. RQQ™ is a wonderful group of women. It is a supportive, fun and creative group, and I am honored to be a member. I have made some great friends, and learned from each of them.

Here is some of her work!


  1. Congratulations, Maryellen. I have learned so much from you, and there is still so much more I can learn. The neat thing about Maryellen is that she really enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.