I’ve been coming to MAQ for… I don’t know… maybe 20 years or so? In the mid 1990s I had a class with a wonderful, exuberant teacher, Teresa Fusco, and then for many years I did not see her at MAQ, but still I remembered how wild her classes and her quilts were. When Ann and I were on the board in the mid 2000’s we looked to see if we could find Teresa teaching anywhere, and were not successful at locating her. And then, three years ago, Ann and I were on the Board again and after extensive Googling, we found her!
Teresa is teaching 106 Floor Mats (which is full). Anyone who saw a preview of these wonderful “quilt-like” floormats last year at MAQ was excited to come back in 2014 to take this class. Teresa is also teaching 206 Yes – You Can Design Too! which has space available, and 306 Pleated Tapestry Bargello (which is full).
1. How long have you been coming to MAQ?
“I was teaching at MAQ in the 90’s for five years. I taught new sewing machine techniques using specialty threads, needles, pressing, and unique stitches. I also taught complex patterns making them easy, always stressing “be original, make the quilt your own.” All my students were successful! I started teaching at MAQ again three years ago when I became reacquainted with Ann Giglio at a quilt show. She invited me to apply to be a teacher again, and I’m thrilled that I did.”
2. What is your favorite part of the weekend?
“The actual class time – interacting with my students. I feel the adrenaline rush when I see them accomplish the technique, and the excitement grows in the class as we finish the art quilts or other project.”
3. What excites you about your classes being offered this year?
“I am teaching three classes. I have to say that I am really looking forward to “Yes – You Can Design Too!” We use a background fabric you might have been saving, and use raw edge applique techniques. This class will be outstanding this year, because this is what I do best. I was published this year using my technique – Raw Edge Appliqué – Teresa’s Way in APP IS FOR APPLIQUÉ by Dianne S. Hire, available through Amazon and AQS. This class will motivate everyone to complete their quilt top in class. I have attached some photos of my latest raw edge quilts.”
4. How could a student individualize a class project in one of your classes; what creative possibilities do you see?
“I talk to each student: we design/draw the quilt out together. We discuss perspective, color, visual impact, fabric etc. We make the quilt top using raw edge techniques so we have immediate results. The quilt is top stitched to background and batting before the end of the class!”
5. Do you have any additional photos to share for your classes being offered?
Photos of my recent quilts using the Raw Edge Technique presented in the “You Can Design Too” class….