Cynthia Sisler Simms

Cindy was raised in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in Western Maryland, where quilting was a part of everyday life. Her grandmothers started teaching Cindy to quilt when she was about 5 years old. She made her first full sized quilt, all by hand, at the age of 10. She taught her first class in 1974. She has taught locally, regionally, and internationally. Cindy has taught several times (year 2000 and 2006) at Mid-Appalachian Quilters, INC and the Mancuso's Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton,Va. Cindy has won many ribbons, received a special Award from the Japanese National Defense Force for two of her quilts; was one of the 104 semi-finalists worldwide in the Great American Quilt contest for the Statue of Liberty Centennial in 1986; and her 1997 wall hanging traveled across the United States and Canada in a Hoffman Challenge show. Cindy also has quilts published in the book entitled "Quilting with Manhole Covers" by Shirley MacGregor and has made two more manhole quilts for Shirley's second book "Treasures Underfoot" on manhole covers. She also has another quilt in Shirley's third book titled "Quilting with the Morning Calm".

 

Self Portrait
"Self Portrait"

Because Cindy grew up on a farm, her love of quilting is firmly rooted in realism versus abstract. Cindy also loves creating pieces with realistic ideas no matter the design, using unusual fabrics, embellishments and glitz to create different textures.

Cindy has been quilting for over 40 years and teaching for over 27 years and designing her own quilts since 1980. In 2002, Cindy was a nominee for Quilt Teacher of the Year in the Professional Quilter Magazine. Cindy published her 1st book - "Baltimore Beginnings" which was published in June 2005 and was distributed in major Hancock fabric stores.

Look for Cindy's Book "Baltimore Beginnings" at www.jeanettecrewsdesigns.com

Baltimore Beginnings Book