Michelle Gafford

Regional Representative
Friendswood, Texas

In college, I dabbled in garment construction and home dec. After college, I learned how to piece and quilt in 2001. I have participated in a few exhibits, I've taught a few quilt classes in Chile and Costa Rica and I worked in a Quilt Shop in Texas where I started on the floor helping customers and graduated to purchasing books and notions.

In September 2019 I had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Ohio to the Dairy Barn where Chile Quilting was exhibiting their quilts as tributes to Violeta Parra. At The Dairy Barn, we met two members of TASO, Textile Artists of Southern Ohio, and the opportunity to work on a collaborative exhibit was born. Flora, Fauna & Landscape opened in June 2021 at the Parkersburg Art Gallery in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and has also been on display at The Dairy Barn. The United States tour of FFL will finalize at The National Quilt Museum in February 2023. Afterward, the quilts will travel to Chile to be exhibited. At present, we are working on an exhibit for 2025.

I am also a member of the American Sewing Guild, ASG, Houston Chapter. ASG's motto is "to promote sewing as an art and life skill." I was Vice President of our Chapter Advisory Board, CAB for two (2) years and then President for four (4) years. ASG has an annual conference which includes a Fashion Show put on by Members. At the 2013 ASG Conference, I was part of a six-woman collaboration where we created a six-piece ensemble that captured the changing colors and atmosphere of a single day. Our project made the cover and feature article of the Winter 2014 NOTIONS, an ASG publication.

I take great pleasure in sewing for others and I believe it to be a calling. I have sewn countless items as donations to charities throughout the United States. I also spearheaded a sewing group at my church. We made aprons and wallets for 2 months and sold them at a craft show where we raised $1008.00 to help a sister church in Spain.



 Michelle Gafford