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Joan was introduced to quilting in 1988 when she, her husband, and two children moved from Syracuse, New York, to Westchester County, outside New York City. She needed decorations for her walls and an art teacher friend suggested she make quilts. Although she had made her husband’s suits and tuxedo, she had never made a quilt. Once she was bitten by the bug she never turned back.
While trying to design a quilt that featured a Nantucket basket filled with hydrangea flowers, she dreamt how to make the flowers dimensional. This was the birth of her three-dimensional Appli-bond technique. It was truly a life-altering dream.
Joan is the owner and designer of her pattern company, Petal Play. She has written three books for the American Quilter’s Society: Petal by Petal, Petal Play the Traditional Way, and co-authored 3 Quilters Celebrate the 4 Seasons. She is always amazed at how a little dimension can bring a quilt to life.
She travels extensively teaching and lecturing across the country, internationally, and on quilting cruises. Her workshops are informative and humorous. For contact information and to view her work, log onto www.petalplay.com.
Joan lives with her husband, Tony, in Summerfield, Florida, and is VERY happy that there is no known cure for the quilting bug.
Books by Joan Shay