Often in life, you have to “kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.” The same is typically true when finding our calling to become a professional quilter, instructor, or quilt store owner. As children, quilting is not generally one of the professions most of us dream about, like an actress, ballet dancer, doctor, or lawyer. Many of us discover quilting after we have chosen our profession. Then we struggle to find time to devote to it because our job (the one that pays the bills) or motherhood takes up all of our time.
Fran Sargent worked as a vice president for one of Nashville’s largest corporations and, because of the long hours she devoted to work, her quilting was put on hold. After leaving that job, she found her “prince” working and teaching at Quilter’s Attic, a quilting shop in the middle of the antique district of Goodlettsville, a Nashville suburb. She eventually became the owner of this shop.
Fran is a certified Judy Niemeyer and Quiltworx instructor, which allows her to teach the Judy Niemeyer foundation paper-piecing methods. Fran was among the first group of instructors that Judy taught and certified.
In addition to her teaching, Fran is also a board member of Sewn-N-Love, a non-profit charity that makes and collects donated quilts for cancer patients of all ages. The charity, which was started by one of Fran’s customers, meets regularly at Quilter’s Attic and has distributed thousands of quilts through chemotherapy treatment centers, hospitals, and cancer support groups in the Middle Tennessee area.
If you would like to learn how to make a Judy Niemeyer quilt, sign up for one of Fran’s classes during AQS QuiltWeek™- Lancaster 2013 and learn the technique to make these beautiful, foundation paper-piecing quilts. It is easier than it looks!